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Cape Fear Presbytery 
1886 - 1986 

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Preserving The Past - Claiming The Future 

To the people of Cape Fear Presbytery 

Past and Present 

A century now has grown our birth! 
Oh! Lord our God, we raise 
Our songs of praise to you 
For keeping us protected 
Through the storm, through the struggle. 
For us, in Cape Fear Presbytery, 
It is a liberation for all people. 
The rich man, the poor man 
The black man, the white man. 
And all, people and children of God. 
The future is still dark before us 
Yet there is gleam of hope today 
And we pledge, when we merge. 
To glorify you forever and ever 
For a greater tomorrow for the Kingdom. 

Greetings From the Stated Clerk 
of Cape Fear Presbytery 

It is a pleasure to bring greetings to you on the occassion of our Centennial Celebration. 

In March, 1886, our benevolent founders brought into being our Presbytery. They were inspired by great dreams, 
hopes, and aspirations. When we look back upon days gone by, we bow our heads in gratitude and reverence for 
what this century has brought us. Yet, in the grandeur of our heritage, only we, who bear the mantle, can give validity 
and immortality to our heritage. As we stand on the pinnacle of this historical moment, we are challenged to turn 
today's dreams, hopes and aspirations into reality. 

It is my sincere desire and prayer that God will continue to bless us in making Cape Fear Presbytery a better 
governing body than we found upon arrival in this our one hundredth year of Christian service. 

Harry J. Miller, 
Stated Clerk 
Cape Fear Presbytery 


Greetings From the Moderator 
of Cape Fear Presbytery 

Greetings, Sisters and Brothers: 

As we stand at the threshold of a new era, let us accept with reverence the heritage of high ideals and lofty aspirations 
handed down to us by the founders and builders of Cape Fear Presbytery. 

Cape Fear was organized in Laurinburg, N.C. on May 3rd, 1886, and its first stated meetings were begun in 1887. 
There the foundations were established upon which we now build. 

Here, one hundred years later, the times and challenges are different. We face a secular world which lives without 
reference to God. While we enjoy the comforts and conveniences of modern technology, much of the world still 
languishes in hunger, disease, poverty and oppression. We pray for peace in a world with the nuclear power to blast 
itself to kingdomcome. We face a Church which has been reunited, and now struggles over questions of mission, 
boundaries, and the empowerment of blacks and minorities. We face a Presbytery with fewer Black pastors, diminishing 
members, shrinking mission dollars, dormant average-sized churches and failing small churches. These are new 
challenges which the Presbytery must take seriously. 

While the times and challenges are different, the mission is still the same. God is still counting on us to help him 
personalize his love and justice in the world. He still calls upon us to bear witness to his presence and power. He 
commissions us still to build an nurture churches which will have a missionary concern for the world for which his 
Son died. 

Much more has been given to us than to our Presbytery forebearers, and much more is expected of us. Pray that 
we look to our Savior to guide us into the new era and the new church. And let us work and pray that we can bequeath 
to the coming generations of Black Presbyterians a rich and liberating Christian heritage by which to live and die. 

God bless us all, 

Ruth R. Brewer, Moderator 

Cape Fear Presbytery 


Greetings From 
Catawba Inter-Presbytery Program Agency 

Dear Partners in Ministry: 

The Catawba Inter-Presbytery Program Agency salutes you, the Presbytery of Cape Fear, on this milestone in the 
history of your engagement in mission and ministry that stretches across the vista of one hundred years. 

Our pride in your rich legacy is matched only by our appreciation of the contributions of mission and ministry in 
eastern North Carolina, the Catawba Inter-Presbytery Program Agency, the Synod of the Piedmont and the Pres- 
byterian Church (U.S.A.). 

We offer thanks to God for all the noble souls whose devotion, commitment and labor bring us to so rich a legacy. 
We extend our appreciation to you now at the helm of leadership, for your visionary witness and dedicated endeavor. 
We laud the forward thrust that your continuing vision and aspirations portend for an even more vibrant work and 

May the inexhaustible wisdom of God the Creator, the ever presence of God the Holy Spirit, the unfathomable strength 
of God the Almighty, the incomprehensible providence of God the Sustainer, and the everlasting love of God the 
Savior attend your every step as you move forward to the days and years ahead. 


The Catawba Inter-Presbytery Program Agency 
Joseph A. Gaston 
Executive Presbyter 

Greetings From 
The Synod Executive 

Dear Members and Friends of Cape Fear Presbytery 
Greetings as you celebrate your 100th Anniversary. 

The beginnings of Black Presbyterian work in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida had its beginnings 
in 1869 with the organizing of the Synod of Atlantic. The Synod of Catawba was set apart in 1887 by the General 
Assembly and thus shared territory with the Synod of Atlantic for several years. When the Catawba Synod was created 
it contained Cape Fear Presbytery, Catawba Presbytery, and Yadkin Presbytery which had been in Atlantic. 

The history of the Presbytery goes way back. It is the history of the development of many people, institutions, and 
the foundation of community growth and enrichment. It is a proud history of churches that have served their communities 
long and well. 

Today, the Presbytery of Cape Fear continues that proud history in its worship, ministry, and service. The proud 
history is embodied in the dedicated leadership of the Presbytery and in the committed involvement of its communicant 

We in the other parts of the Synod of the Piedmont celebrate with you the occasion of the 100th anniversary of 
the establishment of the Presbytery of Cape Fear. We celebrate your committment to the worship and service of 
Jesus Christ and your continued witness to your area and, through your churches, the people. 

As you celebrate, please be mindful that our prayers and best wishes are with you. Enjoy the celebration and may it 
energize you to continue to face the challenges ahead. 

May God continue to bless, enrich, and use each of you individually and all of us collectively as we move into the 
next 100 years. 

Dear Members and Friends of Cape Fear Presbytery: 

The Council of the Synod of the Piedmont would like to commend the Cape Fear Presbytery, its churches and members 
for one hundred years of faithful and courageous discipleship. We hope that we can work together for another one 
hundred years celebrating the good news brought to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

May God bless you in your centennial celebration. 

Carroll D. Jenkins 

Greetings From 
The Synod Moderator 

Yours in Christ, 
John W. Wimberly, Jr. 


History of Cape Fear Presbytery 
1886 - 1986 

"Humble beginnings, great endings" is the popular way the growth of the Kingdom is described. It may well describe 
Cape Fear Presbytery also. Its humble beginning took place in the Galilee Methodist Episcopal Church, Laurinburg, 
NC, May 3, 1886, at 7:30 p.m. There, a commission of the Atlantic Synod, comprised of R.H. Armstrong, J.A. Cresfield, 
Clarence Dillard, Henry C. Mabry, F.L. Montgomery, L.A. Rutherford, D.J. Sanders, J.A. Savage, A.A. Scott, 
and Eli Walker, met and organized the Cape Fear Presbytery. One member, the Rev. Moses A. Hopkins, was away 
in Liberia. The Presbytery was to be bounded on the North by Virginia, on the East by the Atlantic Ocean, on the South 
by South Carolina, and on the West by the North Carolina Counties of Durham, Person, Chatham, Moore, and 

This fledgling Presbytery elected Dr. D.J. Sanders as its first moderator, and Dr. J.A. Savage as its first stated 
clerk. It was comprised of sixteen small churches: Bethany, Calvary, Chestnut Street, Davie Street, Ebenezer, First 
Fuller Memorial, Garnett Chapel, Haymount, Panthersford, St. Matthews, St. Paul, Second, Shiloh, Timberland, 
and Wilson Chapel. St. Paul had the largest membership at 139, and Chestnut Street was second with 111. Other 
churches ranges in membership from ninety-seven to sixteen. 

Had it not been for the indefatigable labor of love of these original members in founding and nurturing Presbyterian 
churches, there would never have been a Cape Fear Presbytery. They broke virgin territory, going where even the 
word Presbyterian was strange and unknown. In the absence of public schools for black people, and with general 
unenlightenment with regards to Presbyterianism, they established parochial schools where there were churches. They 
met with communities which were less than cordial and often antagonistic to their aspirations. Yet, with unswerving 
determination these brave missionaries forged ahead until God gradually crowned their efforts with success. 

Dr. D.J. Sanders held together groups of black Presbyterians who had withdrawn from the Southern Church 
after Emancipation until they could be organized into churches. From such groups were formed Bethany, Fuller 
Memorial, Panthersford, and Wilson Chapel in the mid-1870's. Dothan grew out of Wilson Chapel. Dr. Henry Clay 
Mabry directed his missionary energies toward gathering and organizing Second Presbyterian Church at Whiteville, 
NC, and another church at Lake Waccamaw. Dr. Clarence Dillard labored at Shiloh Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro, 
NC, and organized churches in Wayne, Lenoir, Greene, Wilson, and Edgecombe counties. Salaries were at an all time 
high of $3.50 per Sunday. He also helped in organizing Calvary, Elm City, LaGrange, Mt. Pisgah, St. James, St. 
John, St. Matthews, Shiloh, Sloan's Chapel, and White Rock. Dr. Savage provided Christian nurture for these young 
churches. While he did not organize any church, he traveled by ox-cart across southeastern North Carolina, stopping 
several days at one church and then another, to teach, preach, encourage, and support churches. Others who have 
carved their names indelibly into the history of the Presbytery are the Rev. Allen A. Scott, Rev. Eli Walker, Rev. 
H.H. Boone, all of whom served as early pastors. Rev. Boone was also the first Sunday School missionary. Professor 
Samuel H. Vick, his successor, spared no effort in establishing Sunday Schools in dozens of towns across eastern 
North Carolina. George C. Shaw deserves to be remembered for his far-sightedness for establishing the first Presbyterian 
Church for Negroes in Granville County and in establishing and developing Mary Potter Boarding School at Oxford, 
NC. So during the 19th and early 20th centuries the Presbytery was bustling with missionary activities. 

Many of the youth who attended the parochial schools held within the church buildings later became Presbyterians. 
With the establishment of public education for black people across the State, these parochial schools were phased out. 
How to keep these churches alive and active became a growing concern of the Presbytery. 

Able leadership was provided to the Presbytery and its churches through its stated clerks down through the years. 
All of them were well educated, willing to expend themselves for the betterment of the Presbytery, and well informed 
on Presbyterian polity and law. Dr. Savage, the first stated clerk, became a role model for some of those who would 
follow. His dedication, judgement, aptness to teach Presbyterian law, and outgoing concern for churches enamored 
him to ministers and lay people alike. Succeeding him was Dr. John Henry Hayswood. His considerable talents as an 
educator, writer, parliamentarian, humanitarian and pastor were put to good use. Although others constantly conferred 
accolades upon him, he was never inflated with self-importance. For sixty-one years, he never missed a Presbytery. After 
a long tenure, age and poor health forced his retirement. Taking up this office next was Dr. Hampton T. McFadden. 
What an overwhelming sense of responsibility he brought to this office! With a no-nonsense approach to matters of the 
Presbytery, a stubborn insistence upon punctuality in all church activities, and an uncommon grasp of Presbyterian 
laws and polity, he kept things decent and orderly in Presbytery affairs. The early 1970's brought the Rev. Lloyd 
Morris to the office of stated clerk with his refreshing enthusiasm and humor. That he was not adverse to innovation is 


attested by his introduction of telephone conferences for various committees of Presbytery. Upon his recommendation 
the Presbytery provided his office secretarial assistance for the first time. Presbytery elected the Dr. Gershon Fiawoo, a 
native of Ghana, educated in Great Britain and America, to be its next stated clerk. He brought to the office a knack for 
telling the unvarnished truth as he saw it. During a time when the Presbytery was getting acquainted with the new Synod, 
the Synod of the Piedmont, which was predominately white, the stated clerk was unafraid to expose whatever racism 
he saw lurking behind any activity of the Synod. Following Dr. Fiawoo, the Rev. Harry J. Miller took office. He helped 
carry the Presbytery through a particularly dark period. It was embroiled in a judicial case prompted by its intervention 
in a bitter conflict between one of its pastors and some members of the congregation. After a long and costly period of 
judicial proceedings, the Presbytery was vindicated and the pastor dismissed from the church. 

Down the halls of history of the Presbytery has marched a glorious cavalcade of ministers which has left its mark 
on the churches. These ministers labored without adequate compensation, to keep churches alive and growing. In the 
cavalcade were Rev. John Henry Hayswood, pastor of Bethany for fifty-eight years; Rev. James W. Barnette, a man 
of inexhaustible energy, pastor of Mt. Pisgah; Rev. Benjamin H. Baskervill, a man of good humor who made people 
laugh, who spent his entire ministry at Chestnut Street; Rev. James Costen, whose farsightedness kept the Presbytery 
thinking and ahead, pastor of Mt. Pisgah; Dr. H.S. Davis, pastor of Timothy Darling and principal of Mary Potter 
Academy, Oxford, N.C.; Dr. John R. Dungee, a man of keen intellect who came to the Presbytery through the merger 
of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and the United Presbyterian Church in 1958; Dr. Arthur H. George, pastor of 
several churches and later Dean of Johnson C. Smith Seminary, Charlotte; Rev. James B. Francis who developed 
Fuller Memorial and Whiteville Second Churches. Rev. Obra J. Hawkins, pastor of Calvaiy and advocate for young 
pastors; Rev. Oscar McLeod, who was excellent in youth ministry across the Presbytery, pastor of Davie Street; Rev. 
Blackmon Richardson, the quiet but dedicated pastor of Shiloh; Rev. Ott E. Sanders, an enviable preacher who pastored 
several churches; Rev. R.C. Scriven who provided strong leadership at Dothan and Wilson Chapel; and many others 
including Rev. R.N. Cowan, Rev. C.C. Thomas, Rev. C.H.C. White, Rev. R.E. Stitt, Dr. McFadden, Dr. Griggs and 
Rev. Lloyd Morris. Ministers of recent times who have begun to make their marks upon the Presbytery are: James W. 
Brown, James A. Christian, Eddie Deas, III., St. Paul Epps, Greshon Fiawoo, Robert Johnson, William E. Johnson, 
James E. Kearney, Antonio Lawrence, Harry J. Miller, Samuel Stevenson, Arnold G. Walker, Jr. and Qemon O. Williams. 

None of these pastors could have been effective without countless lay persons of the Presbytery who chose to 
take on heavy responsibilities and give most generously of themselves: Luther Baldwin, Susie Y. Hawkins, D. Don 
Blockmon and J.E. Wilson of St. Paul; Juanita Barnett, Robert and Ruth Brewer, Thomas Ringer and Alice Spivey 
of Mt. Pisgah; E.M. Barnes, William Hines, Louise Jenkins, J.M. Miller, and Malcolm Williams of Calvary; Roy 
Bass and Roberta Howell of Timothy Darling; Leo M. Hatton, O.T. Robinson, J.E. Wilson, S.G. Parham, Gertrude 
Stitt Bullock and Alma Spencer of Cotton Memorial; Sadie M. Burton and Annie Burns of Haymount; Mable Carter 
and J.D. Sammons of Faison Mem.; Lethia and Willie Daniels of Davie Street; Jonelle Davis of St. James; Eliza 
Dudley and Elizabeth White of Ebenezer; R.L. Flanagan of White Rock; William Gaines, Shirley McEachin of Dothan; 
Ethel T. Hayswood, Celestine B. Jones, EHzabeth S. Kemp, Atalanta B. Lewis, James O. Scipio, Dorothy M. 
Washington, George Young, Maggie B. McLeod and A. Lawrence Ridley of Bethany; B.T. Washington and Gertrude 
Evans of Chestnut St.; Yvonne Hodges and Ernestine Wall of Mars Hill; James O. Harris of Mt. Pleasant; Alley M. 
Young and Duval Purefoy of Spring Street; Bettina Wilson of Trinity; and many, many, more. 

With the 1960's America was plunged into the Civil Rights Movement, and the Presbytery faced both the struggles 
and opportunities of these tempestuous years. The national church began facing the racism within itself, and opening 
up the system to permit more upward mobility of blacks. Rev. Oscar McLeod, only in his early thirties, was named chair 
of the Council on Religion and Race, and later the Director of the Program Agency of the denomination, a historic 
first. The Presbytery agonized over the Angela Davis dilemma, a black woman activist of Marxist persuasion, charged as 
an accomplice to a murder. Presbytery recommended offerings to be taken to assist in her legal defense. 

There was the Elm City racial incident. The Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church had invited a white church work team 
from the North to share in repairing the Elm City Church during the summer of 1965. The work team, made up of 
several adult? and a number of teenagers, was housed in the homes of members. Once the Ku Klux Klan got news of 
this, it robed and met, two hundred strong, at the Elm City church in broad daylight, surrounded the group working 
there, and threatened to do bodily harm to all involved if the team didn't leave town. The team departed out of fear 
of violation. Presbytery had its members meet at the work site to continue the work and raise a witness to the cause of 
racial justice. Once state troopers provided a police escort for the workers to and from the church, and this incident 
attracted media attention, the KKK chose to retreat. 

The counter culture revolution which came during the late 1960's and early 1970's impacted the Presbytery less 
dramatically than it did the Presbyterian Church as a whole. In 1966 the Presbyterian Church experienced its first net 


loss in membership, a loss of 10,000 communicants. Over the next ten years it suffered a combined net loss of 617,000 
members, a 22% decrease in membership. Over that same period the Presbytery experienced an 8% decrease in 
membership, a decline from 2,900 to 2,331 communicants. What seemed to have caused this loss, aside from the 
usual deaths, was the alienation of the young from the church and a de-emphasis upon evangelism. Sadly, the 
evangelistic fervor of the early days of the Presbytery had vanished. Still, some significant ministries were developing. 
Mt. Pisgah had a daycare. St. Paul had a daycare. Bethany was part of an ecumenical service organization. Elizabethtovm 
Second, St. James, and Elm City had tutorial, enrichment, and educational programs during the summer. 

More and more churches moved towards self-support during the 1970's and 1980's. Aid to congregations over this 
period gradually decreased. In 1960 fourteen churches, mostly the larger congregations, received aid, but by the late 
1970's that number had been reduced to eight. And those were receiving less aid, by and large, than in earlier years. 
Churches were beginning to take greater financial responsibility for themselves. There are a few churches, however, 
which may need to continue receiving aid in order to support full-time pastors. 

Mission giving during the 1960's and 1970's was good. The Presbytery participated in both the 50 Million fund in 
the 1960's and the Major Mission Fund in the late 1970's and early 80's. Many people gave generously to both funds. 

The Presbytery became part of an enlarged Synod in 1972, the Synod of the Piedmont, which stretched from 
Delaware to North Carolina. And it began its acquaintanceship with those predominately white presbyteries north of the 
Catawba Unit. About this same time, it rewrote its by-laws and redesigned its docket to accommodate more workshops 
during its stated meetings. It worked hard to fill all of its vacant pulpits, and gradually increased its minimum salary level 
for pastors, which was woefully inadequate. It succeeded in attracting new, young, trained, and energetic ministers 
to its churches. In the face of the dire shortage of black pastors. Calvary, Davie Street, and St. Paul opted to call 
white pastors for a time. Under their leadership, Frank Hutchinson at Davie Street, Reverends John Worchester and 
John Dietz at Calvary, and Rev. Charles Farmer at St. Paul, these churches seemed to move ahead. Reverends John 
Worchester and John Dietz were both well versed in Presbyterian law and polity, and added much to the orderly 
conduct of Presbytery as well as to the leadership as a whole. Whether the calling of white pastors shall presage the 
future remains to be seen. 

Aside from working to fill all vacant pulpits, the Presbytery attempted to revitalize congregations. Through 
conducting more workships, in and out of Presbytery meetings, stewardship, evangelism, pensions, personnel 
committees, hunger, the Presbytery hoped to inspire and challenge local churches to do mission. While it talked of the 
need for more yolking and merging of churches, little was done. In 1985 it finally organized a hunger committee and 
established a chapter of Black Presbyterians United. It increased its per capita assessment dramatically over the last 
several years to provide more realistically for its work. Its per capita budget grew from $14,000.00 in the 1960's to 
nearly $70,000.00 in the 80's. In addition a mission budget was added in 1981 to assist ministerial candidates, provide 
emergency grants for pensioners, and underwrite workshops. 

With the reunion in 1983 of the United Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church in the United States, 
the Presbytery has held several joint meetings with both groups. The Presbytery has also been engaged in boundary 
discussions. These discussions have made members of Cape Fear aware of the necessity of maintaining their integrity 
and having decision-making power whenever the new presbytery is formed. 

What does the future hold for the churches which have for so long shaped the history of this Presbytery? What 
Presbytery will be celebrated in the next 100 years? Who but God knows! For it has been God, ultimately, who shaped 
much of their past, and it will be He who will shape their future. Reunion may well lead to the dissolution of the 
Presbytery as we now know it. But change has always been, and will always be, for the God who makes all things new. 
If we who have been part of this Presbytery can recall from whence we have come, remember those extraordinary 
men who gave this Presbytery birth, and those who followed who gave it a sense of mission, then we can be better 
prepared to enter the unknown future v«th hope. Humble beginnings, to be sure, characterized our past, but will 
great endings characterize our future? 

Catawba Inter-Presbytery Program Agency 
Charlotte, North Carolina 

The Catawba Inter-Presbytery Program Agency, commonly referred to as the Unit, had its birth with the inception 
of the Synod of the Piedmont in 1972. It was first staffed by Dr. Elo Henderson, Executive Presbyter/ Associate Synod 
Executive; Rev. Robert Craghead, Mission Developer; Rev. State Alexander, Christian Education Consultant; and 
Rev. Robert Shirley, Community Developer. Support staff included Ms. Willie D. Garvin, administrative secretary; 
Ms. Sula Henderson, secretary, and Ms. Ann Law, bookkeeper/clerk. 

It had the task of developing and administering programs, developing and providing resources, administering 
funds assigned to it, forming a Corporation, and employing and supervising a staff. The Catawba Inter-Presbytery 
Program Agency administers to four all-Black Presbyteries: Catawba, Cape Fear, Yadkin, and Southern Virginia. 

Once the Unit staff weis in place, it created a Board of Directors made up of six elected persons from each of the 
four presbyteries, and then formed a Corporation made up of all members of the presbyteries with the Board of 
Directors as the trustees. 

It was not long before the Unit was busy conducting workshops on Christian Education, church revitalization, 
evangelism, stewardship, and church reunion. An annual workshop that grew quite popular was the Moderator's 
Conference. It was held in a central location usually, and was led by capable pastors. Synod, General Assembly, and 
Unit staff, and explored a wide range of concerns. The current moderator of the General Assembly would come and 
address the participants. It provided a marvelous opportunity for fellowship. 

When the denomination was implementing Christian Education: Shared Approaches, the new curriculum, the 
Rev. State Alexander, along with other trained lay persons, held area workshops across each of the four presbyteries. 
They helped to introduce and implement this curriculum across the Unit. 

To get congregations into mission, which focused on community needs. Rev. Robert Shirley met with scores of 
churches to assist them in getting started. Local church leadership was apprised of the mission opportunities at their 
doorstep. As a consequence, some churches started tutorial, summer enrichment, luncheon, and senior citizens programs. 

The retirement of Dr. Elo Henderson, a charismatic leader, in December 1977 was like the closing of an era. He had 
served as an executive in both the former Catawba Synod and the Catawba Unit, and gained the respect of the 
presbyteries for his advocacy and programmatic leadership. His departure was marked by grief, and yet it signaled the 
begiiming of a new era. 

With the executive position vacant, a review of the Unit was conducted during the first part of 1978. It was 
complicated by the fact that the Catawba Presbytery was insisting upon having its own administrative unit, and church 
reunion seemed imminent. Despite these impinging concerns, the review was completed. It called for a reduced staff 
with new job descriptions. There was to be an Executive, an Educational Development Consultant, and a Mission and 
Stewardship Consultant, with support staff. All former staff positions were terminated. 

An Interim Management Team drawn from the Board of Directors served as an interim executive for a time. In late 
1980 the Team presented the name of Dr. James R. Hampton for confirmation as the new Executive Presbyter. All 
four presbyterives voted in the affirmative, and in January, 1981, he assumed office with great enthusiasm and vigor. 
Other members on Dr. Hampton's team were Rev. State Alexander, Christian Education Consultant; John Bennett, 
Stewardship and Mission Consultant; Ms. Willie D. Garvin, administrative assistant; and Ms. Ann Law, clerk. 

Hardly had Dr. Hampton settled into office before death struck in April, 1983, and again the Unit was without 
executive leadership. This time the Rev. Carroll D. Jenkins, Synod Executive, assumed the interim executive role while 
a search committee went to work. In September, 1983, the Dr. Raymond Worsley, Charlotte, was appointed as interim. 

Having been a college professor and pastor of a church. Dr. Worsley was well qualified for the position of Catawba 
Unit Executive. He was enthusiastic about his work. He inspired Presbyterians to dream. He attempted to hold his 
staff more accountable to the Unit. However, the romance of the parish ministry won out over the pressures of the 
Catawba Unit office and he resigned April, 1985. 


After a brief resumption of this position by Rev. Carroll Jenkins of the Synod of the Piedmont, a new interim 
executive was found in the person of Dr. Joseph A. Gaston. He had also been a college professor and pastor of a 
church. Dr. Gaston will serve the Unit office until the boundary lines are established for the new presbyteries to be 
formed within the reunited church. 

The Catawba Unit has gone through change, and as reunion and presbytery boundaries continue to take shape, 
it will go through further change. However, let us work and pray that whatever administrative units are devised in the 
future, they will include Black staff and serve the needs of Black congregations as well or better than the Catawba 
Unit has done. 

Patron's List 


Mrs. Ida B. Cooper 
Mr. James Currie 

Ms. Yvonne Hodges 
Mrs. Elizabeth S. Kemp 

Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Todd 
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Wilson 


Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Boone 
Mr. and Mrs. Ehidge Boykin 

Mrs. Alice Gillis 
Mr. Charles Gregory 

Miss M. Dora Hill 
Mrs. Jane C. Robinette 


Mr. and Mrs. Luther D. Baldwin 
Mrs. Evelyn R. Carter 
Mrs. Annie S. Clemonts 
Mrs. Sallie Dixon 
Rev. John M. Ellis 

Attorney and Mrs. M. Christopher Kemp 
Mrs. Grace D. Kinsey 
Mr. Floyd Landers 
Ms. Virginia B. Love 
Mrs. Laura G. Mayes 

Mr. Horace Simpson 
Mrs. Gladys B. Stevens 
Mrs. Maude H. Thomas 
Rev. and Mrs. Arnold Walker 
Mrs. Normie M. Williamson 


Thanks Be To God 

for the Six Stated Clerks 

Cape Fear Presbytery 

One Hundred Years 

Dedicated Christian Discipleship 


(Photo Not Available) 

Rev. Lloyd B. Morris 



MODERATORS 1886 - 1986 

Nurturers of the 
Faith and Life 
Through the Years 

Cape Fear Presbytery 

Rev. R. C. Scriven, Sr. Rev. R. E. Stitt 

1952 " 1953 & 1961 


Rev. James A. Costen 

Rev. Robert L. Shirley 


Rev. Dr. John R. Dungee 

1959 & 1967 

Rev. James W. Brown Elder Eliza Dudley Rev. Harry J. Miller 

1976 1977 1979 


Other Moderators 
of Cape Fear Presbytery 

1886 -Dr. D. L.Sanders 

1950, 1974, 1981 - Elder J. O. Scipio 

1954- Elder M. D. Williams 

1955 - Elder JohnM. Miller 
1956 - Elder E. R. Bostic 

1962 - Rev. B. R. Richardson 

1963 - Rev. Robert W. Hare 
1966 - Elder T.M. Ringer 

1971 - Rev. L. John Worcester 

1972 - Rev. Otto E. Sanders 

1973 - Juanita T. Barnette 
1975 - Elder Louise Jenkins 
1978 - Rev. Lloyd B. Morris 
1980 - Rev. Hubert Reaves, Jr. 

Merged Churches 

Elm City Presbyterian Church 
Elm City, North Carolina 

Merged With 

Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church 
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 

Stovall Presbyterian Church 
Stovall, North Carolina 

Merged With 

Timothy Darling Presbyterian Church 
Oxford, North Carolina 

Townsville United Presbyterian Church 
Townsville, North Carolina 

Merged With 

Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church 
Henderson, North Carolina 

White Hall Presbyterian Church 
Kittrell, North Carolina 

St. Paul Presbyterian Church 
Louisburg, North Carolina 
Merged With And 

Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church 
Franklinton, North Carolina 

Whitesville Presbyterian Church 
Whitesville, North Carolina 

Merged With 

Fuller Memorial Presbyterian Church 
Chadbourn, North Carolina 


Rev. William Jolinson 

Second Presbyterian Church 
Elizabethtown, N.C. 
Fuller Memorial Presbyterian Church 
Whiteville, N.C. 

Rev. Antonio Lawrence 

Shiloh Presbyterian Church 
Goldsboro, N.C. 
St. James Presbyterian Church 
Snow Hill, N.C. 

Rev. James A. Christian 

Mars Hill Presbyterian Church 
Hope Mills, N.C. 

Rev. Eddie Deas 

Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church 


Rev. J. Enoch Kearney 

Trinity Presbyterian Church 
Smithfield, N.C. 
Spring St. Presbyterian Church 
Wake Forest, N.C. 

Rev. H. J. Miller 

Haymount Presbyterian Church 
Fayetteville, N.C. 

Dr. Gershon FiaMroo 

Panthersford Presbyterian Church 

Dr. Vemie L. Bolden 

Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church 
Henderson, N.C. 

Rev. Arnold G. Walker 

Bethany Presbyterian Church 
Lumberton, N.C. 

Rev. J. W. Brown 

Davie Street Presbyterian Church 


Retired Pastors or 
Pastors Who Are No Longer Serving 

Dr. St. Paul Epps 

Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church 
1942- 1946 

Rev. Otha Harris 

Trinity Presbyterian Church 
Smithfield, N.C. 1943 - 1947 

Rev. Robert Shirley 

Davie Street Presbyterian Church 
Raleigh, N.C. 


other Pastors Serving in tlie 
Cape Fear Presbytery 


In honor and sacred memory of 
the founders and faithful workers of 
Cape Fear Presbytery down through the years 
whose visions and labors are still 
an inspiration to us today. 


Deceased Pastors 

Rev. H. C. Mabry Rev. J. W. Smith Rev. John Bagby 

Davie Street Presbyterian Church Davie Street Presbyterian Church Davie Street Presbyterian Church 

Raleigh, N.C. Raleigh, N.C. Raleigh, N.C. 

Rev. R. E. Fairley Rev. F. L. Montgomery Rev. E. J. Gregg 

Haymount Presbyterian Church Haymount Presbyterian Church Haymount Presbyterian Church 

Fayetteville, N.C. Fayetteville, N.C. Fayetteville, N.C 


Rev. T. T. Branch 

Haymount Presbyterian Church 
Fayetteville, N.C. 

Rev. Matthew Stewart Branche 

Second Presbyterian Church 
Elizabethtown, N.C. 

Rev. R. C. Scriven 

Dothan Presbyterian Church 
Maxton, N.C. 

Dr. Hermon S. Davis 

Timothy Darling Presbyterian Church 
1937 - 1956 
Principal - Mary Potter School 
1936- 1956 

Rev. Obra Jeffrey Hawkins 

Mars Hill Presbyterian Church 
Hope Mills, N.C. 1963 - 1984 

Rev. Hampton T. McFadden 

St. Paul Presbyterian Church 
Louisburg, N.C. 1921 - 1979 

Rev. C. H.C.White Rev. Robert E. Stitt, Sr. Rev. John H. Wilson 

Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Lillington Field Churches 

New Bern, N.C. 1939- 1975 1948 -1977 


Dr. George Clayton Shaw 

Timothy Darling Presbyterian Church 
Founder and Principal 
Mary Potter School 1888 - 1936 

Rev. J. A. Cotton. D. D. 

C otton Memorial Presbyterian Church 
Principal, Henderson Inst'Uite 

Rev. William R. Walls 

Timothy Darling Presbyterian Church 
1962 - 1969 

Dr. John Riley Dungee, D.D. 

Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church 
1936- 1942, 1946- 1968 

Rev. Turner G. Williamson 

Served in the ministry 1900-1926 


A Brief History Of 
Bethany Presbyterian Church 
Lumberton, North CaroHna 

It was not by chance that Bethany Presbyterian Church began, but it was the work of God's providence in dealing 
with the founding families. Some of the first members of the church were taught to read and write before Emancipation. 
They were also privileged to attend church services with their masters. 

After Emancipation, the knowledge gained from having attended Presbyterian services gave our founding families 
the courage and faith in God to do Christ's mission through establishing a Black church. In 1875 Bethany was organized 
informally with families meeting in homes. The first families of the early church were the Peter Campbells, the Blounts, 
the Joseph Frances, the William Hoopers, the Travis Lewises, the Fletcher McNeills, the Wesley McNeills and the 
Addison Roberts. Later they were joined by A.S. Avery and G. McQueen. White Presbyterian ministers conducted 
worships at intervals for the young church. Notable among them were a Rev. Sinclair and his son, who took a special 
interest in the spiritual welfare of Black people. 

In 1876 Bethany Presbyterian Church of Lumberton, North Carolina was organized formally as a mission church by 
the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. The following year the Rev. W.E. Carr, pastor of 
Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, N.C. served Bethany as a stated supply. He was succeeded by 
Dr. D.J. Sanders in 1878. Finally, in 1879 the Re\ . S.L. Stevenson was called as the regular pastor of Bethany and 
Panthersford Churches. 


Rev. Stevenson began the earliest church building. Mr. Addison Roberts, an elder, gave the first load of logs for 
lumber for the building. The building was completed under the ministerial leadership of Rev. A.B. Lawrence and 
Dr. L.A. Rutherford during the years 1880-82. The ministers serving the church following the completion of the 
building, from 1883-1902, were Reverends Johnson, Williams and A.G. Davis. 

On January 1, 1903, Dr. John Henry Hayswood was called as pastor to the Bethany, Panthersford and Rowland 
mission churches. During that year Bethany School, later known as Redstone Academy, was established as an elementary 
and secondary school for Blacks. All three churches and the school were supported by the Presbyterian Church, 
U.S.A. Dr. Hayswood with his wife, Mattie Jane, labored to help the church grow. With the help of the congregation, 
they enlarged the church building and made plans for the present brick and stone building which stands today. 

Construction of the present church building began in 1932. Elder William Hooper, Jr., a building contractor, 
drew the plans for the church and supervised the work. Many members gave free labor. The church building was 
completed and dedicated in 1938. 

A number of firsts were established under the able leadership of Dr. J.H. Hayswood. In 1923 the first Vacation 
Bible School was established in the area. In 1937 the first Boy Scout troop was chartered. In 1939 the first church bus 
was put in service to bring people to worship. It was donated by the pastor. And in 1955 an Annual Homecoming was 
begun. It provided the opportunity for members of the church and former students of Redstone Academy to return 
home, renew ties, reminisce, and recommit themselves to Christian mission. In all of these activities Bethany and 
Redstone Academy seemed inextricably tied together. Such alliance lasted nearly fifty years. 

During the fifty-three year pastorate of Dr. Hayswood, a number of members assumed positions of leadership 
in both the local church and on other levels of the denomination. Among such leaders was Mrs. Atalanta Bryan Lewis, 
whose knowledge and expertise in the area of Christian education were constantly in demand. In 1958 Dr. Hayswood 
died while still the pastor. 

In 1959 Dr. Gershon Fiawoo became the stated supply, with Dr. H.S. Davis and Rev. C.H. Thomas serving as 
moderators. The Rev. Franklin D. Wilson was called as pastor that year. During his pastorate the rotary system of 
officers was introduced. In August, 1962, the Rev. Arnold G. Walker, Jr., was called as pastor. Ready to expand its 
program and mission, the congregation welcomed his arrival. 

An extensive renovation of the physical plant was begun at once, and continued over a number of years. Included in 
the renovation were a pastor's office furnished by the men, a memorial room furnished by the women, a central 
heating/air conditioning system, the carpeting of the sanctuary, the partitioning of classrooms with folding walls, 
bathrooms upstairs and down, and a kitchen. Later, a new organ and several used school buses were acquired, and the 
old Redstone Academy property was purchased for further expansion of the church cemetery. 

The program of the church began to grow along with the building program. A new order of worship was adopted 
by the Session. Women were elected as elders for the first time. Mrs. Ethel T. Hayswood, widow of the late Dr. J.H. 
Hayswood, was the first woman elder elected in 1964. The ministry of music was enhanced with the establishment of a 
youth choir, a children's choir, a gospel choir and a choral ensemble over a period of time. The adult choir, the mainstay 
of the church until then, was renamed in honor of Mrs. Ella R. Gavin, organist for over forty years. 

The church gradually involved itself in important community concerns over the years either formally or informally. 
Members were named by Session to various community organizations. Among these were the Robeson County Church 
and Community Center, an ecumenical service organization, the Robeson County Clergy and Laity, Inc., an advocacy 
organization concerned for economic development, legal justice and citizen participation in community affairs. 
Members of the church have served on numerous organizations: Lumberton Board of Education, Lumberton City 
Council, Lumberton Christian Care Center, Robeson County Black Caucus, Robeson County Child and Family Justice 
Committee, Robeson County Department of Social Services, Robeson County Health Department, Robeson County 
Democratic Party, Tutorial Services of the Robeson County Juvenile Court, Robeson County Group Homes, 
Southeastern General Hospital Board. 

Since the seventies special ministries have developed in the church. The A.B. Lewis Scholarship Fund was launched 
in 1975 to assist youth in furthering their education beyond high school. A tutorial and enrichment program was 
created in 1980 to enhance the educational competence of junior highs. And an Extended Care Ministry to the local 
hospital was begun in 1982 by a few women of the church. 


Special historical events which have had great importance to the church recently are these: The Centennial 
Anniversary of the church which culminated with the October Homecoming in 1976, and the year of 1981 when the 
church became self-supporting. 

Now in 1986 the church stands at the threshold of a hopeful future. While it remains relatively small in membership, 
through God's providence there remains a cadre of dedicated leaders. While many of its youth leave after graduation 
in search of better career opportunities elsewhere, new members are being added. With the growing cost of mission, 
the congregation faces the challenge to become more faithful in its stewardship and evangelism. As in the past it looks 
to God to empower it and direct its destiny. 

The active officers at this time are as follows: 


Evelyn Bethea, Elizabeth Kemp, Roscoe McLaurin, Frances McQueen, Milton Thomas and George Young. 

Linwood Burns, Rachel Floyd, Maceo Kemp, Donald Leach, Edwin Lewis and Willie Mae Powers. 

Madie Campbell, Arthur Kemp, Edison McKoy, James McRae and Maggie Richardson. 


Calvary Presbyterian Church 
Wilson, North Carolina 

The history of the Calvary Presbyterian Church had its beginning in the concerns and missions of Cape Fear 
Presbytery. This fledgling judicatory of the national church in its efforts to estabhsh new churches in areas of Eastern 
North Carolina included Wilson in its missions. Rev. H.H. Boone, a pioneer in the organization of Cape Fear 
Presbytery, led in the organization of a church in Tarboro, N.C. In 1888, the Board of Publications and Sabbath 
School Work began its Sabbath School Missionary Work in the presbytery. He became the first Sabbath School 
Missionary. His work was very successful. He shared in the honor of advancing the cause of Presbyterianism in this 
section. Prof. S.H. Vick succeeded Rev. Boone. Mr. Vick was given the credit for carrying the banner of Presbyterianism 
into many regions of Eastern North Carolina. His job was that of expanding the area of the Sabbath School and the 
Church. There were very few towns in the eastern section of the state that did not feel the effects of the labor of Mr. 
Vick. Wilson, which became his home, was no exception. 

Calvary was organized on August 4, 1889 by a committee of the presbytery that included Mr. Vick and headed by 
Rev. H.H. Boone of Tarboro and Rev. C. Dillard of Goldsboro. The organization comprised twenty-five members 
as follows: Mahale Artis, Hattie Barnes, F.O. Blount, William B. Connor, A.D. Dawson, C.A. Farmer, John Gaston, 
Susie Harris, Abbie HoUoway, Lucy Dawson, Patrick Leach, A.J.C. Moore, L.H. Peacock, Edmund Poole, Mary 
Stephens, Hardy Tate, S.H. Vick, Daniel Vick, B.R. Winstead, and J.J. White. 

Calvary occupied a unique position among the churches of the community in that it was the only Colored Presbyterian 
Church. It differed in its polity, doctrine, discipline, and order of worship. Its organization created some feeling of 
ill-will among some members of the community. They felt that its organization was unnecessary. Then, too, some of its 
members came from other churches. For a while, there was bitterness by those churches. 


During its long history, Calvary has had the pastorate of many ministers. A review of its record reveals the following 
tenures: Rev. George Carson, its first pastor, came on January 1, 1890 and served until January 31, 1891; Rev. 
L.J. Melton came December 1, 1891 and remained until April 15, 1897; Rev. C. Dillard came May 1, 1897 and remained 
until June 1, 1902; Rev. E.A. Mitchell came on June 15, 1902 and remained until April 15, 1903; Rev. C.E. Tucker 
came on May 1, 1903 and remained until February 1, 1908. The pulpit remained vacant until June 1, 1909, the date of 
the coming of Rev. H.B. Taylor. Rev. Taylor remained until June 20, 1920. Rev. A.H. George began his ministry at 
Calvary on July 20, that same year and remained until December 30, 1929. Rev. J.T. Douglas succeeded Rev. George 
on June 1, 1930 and remained until February 1, 1933. Rev. C.H. Richmond followed Rev. Douglas on April 30, 1933 
and remained until March, 1935. Rev. O.E. Sanders followed him on April 14, 1935 and remained until July, 1938. 

The pastorates of the foregoing ministers and the length of their services are given as a profile of the church's 
early existence. The frequency of the change of leadership contributed to some of the problems of its early years. The 
pastorates of Calvary from 1933 to the date of this publication include those of Rev. C.H.C. White, Rev. Robert L. 
Jeans, Rev. O.J. Hawkins, Rev. James Allen, Rev. John Worchester, Rev. John Dietz, and Rev. Samuel Stevenson. 
Among those who had the longest tenures were Rev. A.H. George, who served nine years; Rev. O.J. Hawkins, who 
served twenty-one years. Among the shortest was that of Rev. E.A. Mitchell, whose tenure was less than a year. The 
record is quoted as saying "he preached high-toned, philosophical, classical sermons. They were over the heads of the 
majority of the church and complaints were made. He thanked us for the information, and on the next Sunday 
morning after taking his text, he stated that God made no inferior Bible for inferior minds". That statement, the record 
shows, hastened his departure. 

The history of Calvary must include the outstanding leadership of some of the many laymen as well as its pastors. 
To mention a few in addition to Mr. Vick and others in its founding would include two brothers, Walter and William 
Hines, C.E. Artis, O.N. Freeman, M.D. Cannon, B.R. Winstead, Hardy Tate, William Kittrell, Mrs. Eleanor Hooker, 
Miss Olivia Peacock, Mrs. Ruth Hooker Coppedge, Miss Marjorie Simms, Miss Annie Vick, Mrs. Patty Freeman, 
Mrs. Willie Hargrave Smith, Mrs. Willie Freeman. Indeed, there were many others. 

Current Activities of Calvary emphasize its modernity, but it is proud of the successes of its past, and it looks 
forward to greater service in its future. 


Central Presbyterian Church 
Clarkton, North Carolina 

In 1936 a group of concerned persons who were interested in the Presbyterian denomination met with Rev. James 
B. Francis who was serving Presbyterian churches in Whiteville, N.C. and Chadbourn, N.C. He instructed them in the 
procedure of organizing a church. The group met with Rev. Francis, Rev. J.H. Hayswood of Lumberton, N.C, Rev. 
R.L. Jeans, a Sunday School Missionary, and Elder M.M. Fuller of Chadbourn on July 12, 1936 at 4:00 P.M. at a 
little vacant Indian church near Portersville, N.C. Rev. J.H. Hayswood delivered the sermon. The following officers 
were elected and installed following the service: Elders Professer Lloyd L. Spaulding and Andrew M. Spaulding. 
Deacons A.J. Moore, Normon Steele, Sr., and John A. Spaulding. Trustees Hardie Campbell, Evander Jacobs and 
Arie Lacewell. The organization was named Central United Presbyterian Church. 

Rev. James B. Francis was called as the first pastor and he preached at the small Indian church once each month at 
4:00 P.M. until 1941. By this time the members had completed the present structure and service continued in the new 
building with Rev. Francis as the minister until he retired. Rev. M.S. Branch became the second pastor who served for 
six years. He resided in Warsaw, N.C. After he retired, Rev. Francis came out of retirement and served until his 
health began to fail in 1966. 

Rev. Arnold G. Walker of Lumberton moderated the Session until February 1967. Elder Lessly Solomon filled the 
pulpit on a temporary basis without a salary. It was under the leadership of Elder Solomon that the first Sunday in 
October became known as, "Fellowship Sunday". During this special day the women of the church served dirmer and 
a financial drive was held. This celebration continues to this date with an increased participation and rally growing each 
year. During the period that Elder Solomon gave his services. Rev. B.H. Baskervill of Wilmington, N.C. came 
bi-monthly to moderate the Session. 

On January 2, 1972 Elder Lessly Solomon resigned as temporary supply and Rev. N.R. Cowan of Fayetteville, N.C. 
began his duty as pastor. He served for nearly two years before his health began to fail. The pulpit was vacant until the 
first Sunday in April, 1974, when Rev. W.E. Johnson was installed as pastor. He has continued until the present, 
June 1986. Rev. Johnson has been faithful to the members of this congregation and has assisted in many ways to 
improve the Christian life of the church. 


Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church 
Wilmington, North Carolina 

The present physical plant is the result of an inspired Elder of First Presbyterian Church who attended an Elders 
and Deacons Convention in Greensboro, North Carolina. Prayer meetings were started to consult and to pray 
together over the interests of the church. The immediate result of this work of grace was great. In three months 
forty-two white and twenty colored persons were received into the communion of the church. A Mission Chapel 
situated on Chestnut Street between Seventh and Eighth was erected in 1858 as a thank-offering for God's mercy and 
used, for a time, as originally designed. 

On November 6, 1858 fourteen persons were dismissed from First Presbyterian Church to form, the Second 
Presbyterian Church, now, St. Andrews Covenant. It was organized by the Presbytery of Fayetteville. The Rev. 
Martin McQueen became its first minister, after serving as Supply Minister from 1859 until 1863. The building in 
which this congregation worshiped, from its origin, was erected by the First Presbyterian Church. 

October 8, 1866, The Second Presbyterian Church, formerly, St. Andrews Covenent, authorized the following 
committee, Messrs John A. Taylor, Alexander Sprunt and John C. Latta to sell the Chestnut Street property to the 
trustees of the First African Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, namely; William Cutlar, Henry Taylor, Elvin Artis, 
Duncan Holmes, Alfred Hargrave, Owen Burney, David Sadgwar, Edward Davis, Sandy Moore and Mrs. Alice Price. 


Among the noteworthy events and happenings over the years are: The establishment of a Parochial School, a 
manse, additions to the physical plant, a new choir room, stained glass windows in the sanctuary, air conditioning 
for the sanctuary, erection of a multi-purpose building, a two-unit commercial building and commissioners to the 
General Assembly. 

Pioneers of Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church 
Miss Carrie Hargrave was the first missionary to Africa. 

Miss Carrie Hargrave was the first missionary to Africa. 

The Rev. D.J. Sanders, a former pastor, was the first Negro president of Biddle University, now Johnson C. Smith 
University. Rev. Sanders started the first Presbyterian paper while working in this area. It was later published in 
Charlotte, North Carolina, the church headquarters. 

John Holloway was the first Negro clerk in the Wilmington Post Office. 

Alex Manly established the first newspaper in the area. 

George Edward Davis was a member of the first graduating class of Biddle University, now Johnson C. Smith 

James Francis Shober was the first Negro physician in the state of North Carolina. 

John C. Taylor was the first Negro Deputy Collector of Customs for the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina. 
Miss Lenora Hargrave, a graduate of the Freedman Hospital, School of Nursing, was the first registered graduate 
nurse in Wilmington. 

Addie Whiteman Dickerson was one of the first Negro women lawyers in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 


Peter Hodges 1866-68 J.A. Bonner 1896-1921 

J. Nelson 1868-69 Herbert Anderson 1923-24 

C. Thomas 1869-70 J.R.Harris 1925-25 

W.T. Carr 1870-72 J.W. Smith 1925-26 

D. J. Sanders 1872-83 N.A. Johnson 1928-29 

A.H. Armstrong 1883-85 J.A. Bonner 1931-35 

J.A. Alexander 1885-88 J-D. Taylor 1935-42 

A.E. Torrence 1888-92 CM. Coles 1943-46 

David Brown 1892-96 B.H. Baskervill 1947-1986 

The church continues to serve the community and to stand as a monument to God. 


Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church 
Henderson, North Carolina 

Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church, formerly known as the First United Presbyterian Church of 
Henderson, was the nucleus around which developed a multiunit mission enterprise of the former United Presbyterian 
Church of North America. This enterprise consisted of our church, the Townsville U.P. Church, Henderson 
Institute and Jubilee Hospital, all of which were for many years administered by the late Dr. John Adam Cotton. 

Readily available records show that in 1888 a Presbyterian Church was organized in Henderson by one Rev. 
S.S. Sevier, with only six charter members. Of these Mr. Julius Speed and Mr. W.H. Green were ordained elders and 
Mr. Hilliard Wyche was ordained a deacon. A deed to the church property on record in the Vance County Court 
House indicates that this church was originally known as the Simpson Chapel Presbyterian Church and that it was 
affiliated with Cape Fear Presbytery, Synod of Catawba of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. 

The Rev. Mr. Fulton offered the assistance of himself and of his missionary workers to the colored churches of the 
community. His offer was accepted, however, only by the Presbyterian church which accepted it gladly. Mr. Fulton 
£ind his associates worked zealously in the Presbyterian church, and their benevolent influence upon the congregation 
was such as led the members to petition the Mission Boards of the two denominations for permission to transfer from 
the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. to the United Presbyterian Church of North America. This was under the 
guidance of the late Dr. G.C. Shaw, who had succeeded the Rev. Mr. Sevier as pastor. Although the Rev. Mr. 
Fulton was not at first in accord with the proposal, the congregation persisted in petitioning the two Boards until 
finally permission for the transfer was granted. 


It was not until 1898 that a committee was appointed by the Board of the United Presbyterian Church to receive 
the Henderson congregation formally into the United Presbyterian Church of North America. This committee, 
consisting of the Rev. J.M. Moore, D.D., principal of Thyne Institute, Chase City, Va., as chairman. Elders Richard 
Hudson, Edward Williams, and William Finch, met in the Henderson Church on January 14, 1898 to perform this duty. 
The Rev. Mr. Moore Preached from I Peter 4:10, after which the members desiring to be received, having publicly 
professed their acceptance of the doctrines and practices of the United Presbyterian Church of North America, 
as set forth in the Confession of Faith, the Book of Government, and the Directory of Worship, were formally 
recognized as the First United Presbyterian Church of Henderson, with the Rev. C.L. McCraken, principal of 
Henderson Institute as pastor. 

In July of 1900, the Revs. Woodfin and Johnson having been transferred to other fields, the Rev. J.L. Cook was 
transferred from Anthens, Tennessee to Henderson, as both pastor and principal. The Rev. Mr. Cook died on 
July 6, 1903 and was succeeded on August 18 of the same year by Dr. John Adam Cotton as pastor and principal, 
Professor J.W.O. Garrett having had the work in charge during the interim. 

The original little church building was replaced with a spacious brick veneered edifice, during Dr. Cotton's 
pastorate, which served the congregation until 1958. 

With the going of Dr. Cotton to Knoxville College, the Rev. John R. Dungee, an A.B. and B.D. graduate 
of Johnson C. Smith University, who had since 1936 served as teacher of Bible and Social Science at the Institute and as 
minister of the U. P. Church at Townsville, assumed charge of the Henderson Church as minister. In April of 1942 he 
was commissioned as a chaplain in the Army of the United States and the Rev. St. Paul Epps, a graduate of Knoxville 
College and of Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary became a minister of the Henderson and Townsville U.P. 
Congregations, serving until August of 1946 when he resigned to take charge of a new field in Los Angeles, California. 

In October, 1946 World War II having ended, the Rev. John R. Dungee, then on terminal leave from active duty 
as army chaplain, was asked to return to Henderson as minister of the Henderson and Townsville congregations. He 
arrived on the field on November 9, 1946. He ministered to the two congregations with dedicated devotion until they 
were merged in 1963, and to the merged congregation until his honorable retirement on December 3 1 , 1968. 

In 1958 the United Presbyterian Church of North America, in the 100th year of its history, was merged with the 
Presbyterian Church in the United States of America to form our present denomination, the United Presbyterian 
Church in the U.S.A. Our congregation, then affiliated with the former Presbytery of Tennessee, served by Dr. Dungee 
as Stated Clerk, was transferred back to the Presbytery of Cape Fear with which it had been originally affiliated. 

At the time of the denominational merger our church and its affiliate Jubilee Hospital were both in the midst of 
re-building programs. 

The Church building which had served our congregation since 1911 was being replaced by the present sanctuary of 
contemporary design, to which the Educational Annex was to be added in 1974. Upon the recommendation of 
Dr. Dungee, the congregation sought and obtained permission of Cape Fear Presbytery to assume the name of Cotton 
Memorial United Presbyterian Church, a name which it proudly cherishes. 

In the winter of 1963, by mutual agreement, the Townsville U.P. Church and the Cotton Memorial United 
Presbyterian Church, with the permission of Cape Fear Presbytery, were merged as a single congregation with the 
assets and liabilities of the two being assumed by the merged congregation. About this time the church decided to 
officially install Dr. Dungee as pastor of the church. Prior to this time the ministers had been appointed to the church 
as Stated Supply pastors. In 1968 Dr. Dungee retired as pastor and assumed the title of Pastor Emeritus and held this 
until his demise. 

After Dr. Dungee retired the Rev. W. Roscoe Walls was appointed the moderator of the session. Rev. Walls was at 
that time the pastor of Timothy Darling Presbytery Church in Oxford, N.C. In 1970 the Rev. William Johnson of 
Norfolk, Va. was called to pastor the church, and remained here until 1974. During his pastorate the church became 
independent of the Board and ceased to receive Aid-to-Field money to help support its pastor. After Rev. Johnson left, 
the Rev. John Henry Wilson of Oxford became the Interim Supply Pastor and served for approximately two years. 

In July, 1976 the Rev. Abraham L. Edmonds arrived from San Francisco, California and remained until May, 1982. 
During Rev. Edmonds tenure of service the mortgage was burned on the Educational annex. In the summer of 1982 


Dr. Kay-Robert Volkwijn was appointed moderator of the session and served for eighteen months, afterwhich the 
Rev. James A. Liestman, Chaplain at Murdock Center at Butner, N.C. became the moderator for a few months. 

In July, 1984 the Rev. Robert Louis Craghead came to Cotton Memorial from Shelby, N.C. to assume the duties of 
Interim Supply Minister and remained for eighteen months. During this time the building was made accessible 
to the handicapped by the erecting of a ramp and an electrical lift. 

On March 4, 1986 the Rev. Dr. Vernie L. Bolden moved to Henderson with his family to become pastor of 
Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church. 

Believing in thorough educational preparation and academic excellence for professional ministry and life, Dr. 
Bolden earned the Bachelor of Arts degree with twin majors in Psychology and Bible & Religion and minors in 
Philosophy and Spanish, the Bachelor of Divinity degree, the Master of Divinity degree, the Master of Education 
degree in Guidance and Psychological Services, and the Doctorate degree completing studies in areas of Counseling 
Psychology, Theology, Comparative Philosophy, and Education. Post doctoral study was pursued in Spanish 
language and culture. 

Vernie is a powerful preacher and a compassionate teacher and human being who evidences positive regard and 
genuine concern for people, youth and adults alike. He is a staunch supporter of the dignity of each person and the 
importance of community involvement. 

Family members include Dr. Bolden's wife, Margie, and their four children. Margie, active in church life, is a 
registered medical technologist and university graduate. Beth is a graduate student in the field of counseling and 
rehabilitation. Tara is an undergraduate in the field of human services, Vernie, Jr. is a high school senior and Lori 
attends elementary school in Henderson. 

Dr. Bolden was duly installed as pastor of Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church on April 27, 1986 in a very 
beautiful ceremony. 


Sunday School 

Worship Service 

Holy Coimnunion (1st Sunday, Quarterly) 

Men's Coimcil (2nd Sundays) 

Women's Association (2nd & 4th Sundays) 

Youth Fellowship (1st «& 3rd Sundays) 

Girl Scouts (1st & 3rd Tuesdays/September- June 

Prayer Service/Bible Study (Wednesdays) 

Senior Choir Practice (Wednesdays) 

Deacon Board (1st Thrusdays, Monthly) 

Cub Scouts (Saturdays) 

Boy Scouts (Thursdays) 

10:(X) A.M. 
11:00 A.M. 
11:00 A.M. 
12:30 P.M. 
12:30 P.M. 
. 3:30 P.M. 
. 4:00 P.M. 
. 7:00 P.M. 
. 8:00 P.M. 
. 7:00 P.M. 
10:00 A.M. 
. 5:30 P.M. 



Qerk of Session 


Financial Secretary 

Superintendent of Sunday School 
Director/Organist Senior Choir . 

Coordinator of Scouting 

Chairpersons Usher Board 

. . . . Leo KeUy, Jr. 
Clarence V. Knight 

. Vernie L. Bolden 
Juanita Somervllle 
Willie Henderson 

. . Joseph Brovm 
Nathaniel Brodie 

Daria Holcomb 

Coordinator of Altar . . . 
Youth Director/Organist 

Willie Brodie 
. Alice Smithwick 
Glennette Murphy 



Moderator - Vernie L. Bolden; Clerk of Session - Juanita Somerville. 


Hattie Anders, Henrietta Clark, Catherine Collett, Eugene Dixon, Tina Feilds, J. P. Green, Dorothy Hunt, Sarah 
M. Jones, Clarence V. Knight, Harry Meadows, Edward Taylor, Sr. 


Nancy Henderson, Chairperson, Rosa Brown, Elizabeth B. Bullock, Thadeus T. Clayton, Owen Johnson, Anirl L. 
Morton, Gertrude Scott, Alice Smithwick, Elizabeth Sneed. 


Davie Street Presbyterian Church 
Raleigh, North Carohna 

The organizational structure of a Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A. in Raleigh was perfected and presented to the 
Board of Church Extension early in 1868, but was not implemented until the end of 1872. The Presbyterian church had 
been splintered before the Civil War, and a separate church, the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. had been organized 
and constituted the organized members of the Presbyterians in the south. There was some apprehension in the minds 
of the leaders of the General church concerning the attempt to set up an all black church in this area, less the hostilities of 
the pre-war era be revived. Accordingly, Elder Godfrey Rainey, of the Freedman Board, Washington, D.C. and his 
wife were directed to come to Raleigh and explore the possibilities of implementing the projection. Mr. Rainey's survey 
revealed the climate not conductive to the establishment of the proposed church at this time. He did however, recommend 
that a church school be established and was authorized to proceed with the same. 

Despite the apparent misapprehension. Elder Rainey visited with the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church and 
was received with cordiality and introduced to other Presbyterian educators and church leaders, one of whom was the 
late Dr. William McPheters, former pastor of the First Church and a recognized Church Statesman. Dr. McPheters 
pledged Mr. Rainey cooperation and directed him to use his office and resources in his organizational projection of 
his school. 


Elder Rainey then turned his efforts in the direction of the black community, where he conferred with George 
Lane, civic leader and large land owner with a family of many children. Mr. Lane secured a location, the south east 
corner of Haywood and Davie Streets, where the school began. 

Elder Rainey, his wife and a free born Negro, H. Spencer, were the beginning teachers. There were in the first 
enrollment a number of large boys, who posed a disciplinary problem and Mr. Spencer was made a disciplinarian. 
The primary concern of the school was the prescribed course as set forth by the North Carolina Department of 
Education. However, teaching the Bible, industrial education, and music were infused. 

Little Mary Lane, daughter of George Lane was chosen the first class historian and is in a large measure responsible 
for the data that has been assembled for this historical sketch. 

Mr. Rainey formed a relationship with the leaders who, like himself, were organizing Peace Institute and invited 
one of the proposed leaders to make regular addresses to his school and to conduct a religious service every fourth 
Sunday. With an affinity of Christian acceptance and brotherhood established in the city. Mr. Rainey chose to 
relinquish his post to the Reverend Mr. James Crestfield, who came with the avowed purpose of implementing the 
plan for the establishment of a church. 

Mary Lane's chronicle states that Dr. Crestfield invited Peace Institute organizers to his first public church service 
and that he emphasized that "In Christ there is no east or west . . . But one great fellowship of love throughout the 
whole wide world." 

The Church was subsequently organized and a new location, the corner of Davie and Person Streets, secured from 
the Raleigh Methodist church. Regular worship began in the latter part of 1872. The first Session, besides the teaching 
elder Reverend Crestfield were: Norfieet Dunston, John Cornyard and Elder Freeman. The financial needs in view 
of the purchase of the new edifice were burdensome to the small congregation. Sacrifices were made and the church 
each year met not only the local financial needs but supported the boards and especially the benevolent department 
of the General church. Dr. Crestfield, who was white, explained to the congregation that his tenure was a missionary 
tenure and that the true intent of a missionary was to prepare those to whom he administered to assume the role and 
pass on to new areas. 

The mantle of leadership was passed on to the Reverend A. A. Scott, a graduate of Lincoln University, who served 
for 15 years. The rapport of friendly relationship with all churches of the city was continued and the church enjoyed 
an era of spiritual happiness and numerical growth. 

The Reverend Mr. Davis, followed Reverend Scott. His tenure was not for long because of ill health and he resigned 
and was succeded by the late Dr. H. C. Mabry in 1889. 

A New Era of Praise With the Instrument. 

The Reverend Dr. Mabry, like his predecessors, was a Lincoln graduate and had held a position for several years as 
Professor at Biddle University, now Johnson C. Smith University. He was regarded as one of the most versatile and 
adept ministers in Catawba Synod and had come to Raleigh because of the potentials of Davie Street Church. 

The first projection which the church undertook upon Dr. Mabry's tenure was the purchase of a Pipe Organ, the 
first Pipe Organ in any black church in Raleigh. Musical programs were rendered, classes in organ music were 
instituted and the church became the music mecca of Raleigh and eastern North Carolina. The seeds planted during 
his pastorate are quite evident today and have been evident thoughout the years. Those inspired and nurtured during 
that era have not only rendered services to the church, community and state; but their descendents axe yet rendering 
service to the church. Mrs. Mary Ellington's daughter, Rosa Adams is still a choir member, despite age and years of 
service, and Howell Jones stands each Sunday morning at the choir post his father chose under the leadership of Henry 
Clay Mabry. 

Lucille Hunter took her rise as a Dramatist under his leadership and became Raleigh's Poet Laureate. The Raleigh 
School Board, in recognition of her service and in appreciation of the same, named the public school on East Davie 
Street in her honor. Also under Dr. Mabry's pastorate, members Lizzie Yeargin and Susan McDonald were the 
Wednesday night leaders of the Prayer service. Their son and grandson, respectively, were inspired: Max Yeargin 
became the first Black International Y.M.C.A. secreteu-y where he served with unmatched distinction in Africa and lent 


the weight of Davie Street Christian Valor to the Africans and Charles Mack Williams, grandson of Mrs. McDonald 
became the church organist and served for more than thirty years without any remuneration save the satisfaction that 
his church had made him what he was. Lightner, of South Carolina, came to Shaw University, joined the church and 
by introduction of Robert J. Jones joined the choir to sing, what he called "Botheration", for more than 50 years. 
The tenure of Dr. Mabry marked a period of unmatched dignified religious services infused with drama, music and 
the arts. Dr. Mabry retired in 1909 and was succeded by the Reverend Dr. L.E. Fairley, former acting President of what 
is now Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, N.C. and pastor of Kinston's White Rock Presbyterian Church. 
The Generated seed of Dr. Mabry's preachment was also revealed in the life of Mrs. Celia Jeffries Wortham, whose 
father was Superintendent of the Sunday School, for many years. Mrs. Wortham went from the Davie Street Church, 
to the New England Conservatory of Music, where she distinquished herself in the proficiency of piano and organ music 
and became the organist of Raleigh's St. Paul A.M.E. Church for more than 50 years. The Davie Street Church 
awarded her a Certificate of Accomplishment in its Men's Day Celebrafion 1969 with the Reverend J. W. Smith of 
Charlotte, former pastor, making the presentation. Dr. Mabry retired in 1909 and was succeeded by the Reverend 
Dr. L. E. Fairley. 

Dr. Fairley ushered in a maze of social philosophy which, he said involved the church in economics, political 
participation and government operation. His preachment advised and suggested that better homes be sought and 
provided for the poor with subsidies for those without adequate funds. He emplored the members to pool their resources 
and to build for themselves businesses, command the operation of trade unions, secure themselves in the area of 
economics. He also directed the rebuilding of the church edifice and the corner stone on the church is evidence of his 
business acumen. He lent the weight of his influence to all of his parishioners and many built good homes and 
educated their children at Lincoln Scotia and Johnson C. Smith Universities. His parish engulfed the whole of Raleigh, 
and when the proposed Latta University, under the sponsorship of the late Dr. M. L. Latta, became financially 
strained, he chose a position on the proposed faculty, wrote a proposal for the building of the school, which owned 
more than one hundred acres of Wake County's most valuable land, in what is now West Raleigh and Oberlin areas. 
He then accompanied Dr. Latta to England and the West Indies and secured sufficient funds to ease the strain and 
retain the land in the hands of black people. He also participated in the formation of Raleigh's first black slate of 
municipal officers, with Calvin E. Lightner, elder in his church, a candidate for commissioner of public safety, in 
1919. Other members of the slate were Dr. M.T. Pope, Mayor, and L. M. Cheek, editor of the Raleigh Independent, 
commissioner of Public Works. The slate failed in the election and a bitterness followed imposing a financial freeze 
upon the candidates and the sponsors. Dr. Fairley was caught in this freeze, from which he was unable to divorce 
himself. The church was made a party to the freeze. It became apparent that because of the embarrassing financial 
position the church had been placed by its advent into politics, his resignation would benefit the church. Dr. Fairley 
subsequently resigned and took a less strenuous charge at Goldsboro, where he deceased. 

From 1922 to 1927 the Reverend Vernon R. James and W. W. Mayle served the church. The business and 
Spiritual sides of the church, for the first time in the history of the church, were primarily in the hands of the Ruling 
Elders. The Trustees Board, with Attorneys George Lane, and W. H. Ancrum, Leondias Frazier, C. E. Lightner, 
W. H. Easterling mostly officiating, relieved the financial strain which had been imposed because of the church's 
pjirticipation in politics. The Elders again rebuilt the rapport with the white churches and E. B. Crow, Hal V. Worth, 
Karl G. Hudson, James R. Young, Commissioner of Insurance for the State of North Carolina, R. J. Wyatt, J. C. Little 
and Cary Durfey, joined hands in raising funds to remove the strain. 

Reverend James was called to a charge in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he served until his retirement. Reverend 
W. W. Mayle's duration was short. He soon was released and moved back to his West Virginia home. 

The Reverend J. W. Smith came to the church in 1927 and was hailed as the first Biddle or Johnson C. Smith 
graduate, to pastor the church. He introduced a new approach, an approach of building up a junior church and 
involving the young people in every phase of the church's program. He organized and sponsored in the church, the first 
Negro Boy Scout Troup in Raleigh. He also communicated with the First Presbyterian Church Trustees of the Milner 
Fund Foundation and secured a continuing contribution, of twenty- five dollars ($25.00) per month and the same 
amount as a personal contribution from Karl G. Hudson, owner of the Hudson-Belk Store. The funds were to provide 
a church worker to work with the elderly and the youth. Mrs. Mary Hill now deceased was employed and served 
admirably well. He cooperated with the American Legion in securing Legislation to provide a Homeowner Loan Fund. 
He affiliated himself with the Charles T. Norwood Post of the American Legion and became Vice State Commander 
of North Carolina. He also became affiliated with the Citizens Committee, which for a long time was the leading 
political organization for blacks in Raleigh. 


The various clubs and auxiliaries functioned harmoniously and the spirit of the church was one of peaceful 
relationship. During his administration, the Council of Presbyterian Men became a viable organization, under the 
presidency of W. H. Perry. It was reorganized and Professor L. S. Cozart was the reorganization speaker, who 
challenged the men with these words, which have become a trade mark of the council. "Two men looked from prison 
bars, one saw mud, the other stars. Where do you Look?, What do you see?" The Council accepted the challenge 
and has looked up to the stars, to behold the beauty instead of the mud. 

The Birthday Clubs were formed, the J. O. Y. Club, the Missionary Society and other important organizations 
formed. These clubs, together with the regular organizations have played a great role in church work ever since. 

Upon the invitation of Elder C. E. Lightner, D. H. Keck became the director of the choir and for more than twenty 
years directed the choir. He was followed by Harry Payne, grandson of one of the former Elders and Clerk of the 
Session, Edward Bailey. Upon the demise of Charles Mack Williams, Mrs. Mary Carter assumed the post of organist 
and has performed with religious devotion of which any church might well be proud. 

Reverend J. W. Smith was called to the 7th Street Church in Charlotte, in 1941. Since his departure the following 
ministers have served in varying degrees of length: Reverend A. S. Powe, C. Andre Kearns, William Gillespie, 
Robert L. Shirley, Oscar McCloud, Frank Hutchison, John A. Bagby, and the incumbent. Reverend James W. Brown. 

Their services have been both spiritual and contemporary. The church has kept abreast of the situation arising 
in the realm of religion and current temporal responsibilities. One of the significant events in the Shirley administration 
was the arrangement for a program of profound sermons that could well lift the listeners from a pitch of gloom to a 
plateau of hope. 

During the Hutchison's services, the church participated with four other churches in perfecting plans and building 
the Rich Housing Project which provides low rent housing for more than 200 families. 

Since the current pastor, Reverend Mr. James W. Brown, came to the church, the congregation has become more 
composed and apparently better prepared for the reception of the Word of God and with a more devout application of 
the same. 

The Church School since the days of Norfleet Jeffries has been an inspirational and educational institution, playing 
a great role in preparing the youth for services in the church and society. One of the glorious era of this institution was 
during the tenure of the late T. T. Street as teacher of the Men's Bible class. 

The women of Davie Street Presbyterian Church from its beginning have been a viable entity in the structure of 
the church. They have contributed with their means, their knowledge and cooperation in every effort of the Church. 
They sponsored The New Testament Drama, "The Ninety and Nine," written by Miss Deborah Bacon, Professor 
of Drama at the University of Michigan and at that time a visiting professor at St. Augustine's College, with Mrs. 
Parthenia Day, director. Elder Fred J. Carnage starred as Pilate. This was one of the most outstanding religious 
presentations of the era. 

In 1936 Mrs. Ethel Lightner Young, daughter of the late Elder Frank and Dabney Lightner of South Carolina, with 
her family of church orientated children came to Davie Street church and gave sacred and devoted leadership to the 
Missionary society. With the fine cooperation of Mesdames Emma Burroughs, Clara Ridgell, Annie Robinson, Mary 
Carnage, Mary M. Williams, Irene Price and other devoted women, the Raleigh Missionary society became the exact 
replica of the women of the early church. 

In the recent years the Presbyterian Church program has changed. Yet the women's stance in the church remains 
firmer than ever under the name of the United Presbyterian Women. 

Much of the program of Davie Street Presbyterian Church, USA is due to the involvement of women in the total 
church program, locally, on Presbyterial and Presbytery levels, Synodical and Synod levels and sharing in National 

In 1975 Elder Lethis Daniels was commissioned by Cape Fear Presbytery to the General Assembly and during the 
year of 1984, she was moderator of Cape Fear Presbytery. Elders Floreiss A. Turner, Ruth L. Woodson and Eunice 
Y. Joyner are now serving on Cape Fear Presbytery committees. 


The women attend Presbyterial, Synodical and National women's meetings. 

The Men's Council of Davie Street Church has become quite active, following the outlined program of Cape Fear 
Presbytery. Through planned activities, they share in the local church programs, community projects and Presbytery 
and Synod activities. 

The composition of this group is unique: two attorneys, carpenters, educators, public servants, young doctors, 
government workers an undertaker, realtors and numerous others. 

Among them is Clarence Lightner, the only black to become mayor of Raleigh and Attorney Daniels Blue, who is 
serving his fifth term as a member of the North Carolina State House of Representatives. 

This diverse and unusual group is presently led by Lawrence T. Williams, president of the Men's Council. 

Our Youth Fellowship Group, though small in numbers, is making some very positive contributions to Davie 
Street Church. The job market and school are strong forces that keep the youth from participating in many activities. 

Mmes. Eunice Joyner, Carolyn Peebles, Eunice Jones, Annie King, Ellen Williams, Evelyn Penix and Edna Blue, 
have worked with the youth. The Summer Enrichment Program is directed by Mrs. Annie King. 

Today, in the year of 1986, the church officers are planning ways to revitalize the church by bringing in new members, 
and reclaiming those that have stopped coming to church. We also revere the memory of many of those, who have 
passed on. We also rejoice in obvious satisfaction that we are trying to instill in the youth of today the traditions of 
our parents, and implementing the concept presented by Rev. Dr. Crestfield: "In Christ now meet with East and West, 
In Him meet South and West, All Christian Souls are one in Him, Throughout the whole wide world." 

The Original Historical Committee Present Committee 

Dorothy Lane, Chairperson Lawrence T. Williams, Chairman 

Ms. Rosa Adams Edward Rogers 

Ms. Marie Jones Hill ^ Everett Ward 

Fred J. Carnage 
Charles G. Irving 


Historical Facts About 
Dothan Presbyterian Church 
Maxton, North CaroHna 

Dothan Presbyterian Church, located in Maxton, North Carolina, was organized in 1895. Land for the church was 
purchased for $65.00 from S.W. Watts and T.B. Pace. A frame structure was built on the site located one-half 
mile south of Maxton on Highway 71. Rev. J.J. Wilson was the first minister. The church was named "Dothan" by 
elders Guy Leach, H.W. McLean, and Charles Murphy. 

The church on Highway 71 burned in 1916 and for a while the members met in an old building that had been 
standing behind the church. 

In 1921 Rev. R.C. Scriven came to Maxton to serve as pastor of Wilson Chapel and Dothan churches. On November 
22, 1923, two lots were purchased from A. Bascom Croom for the sum of $250.00. A frame building was constructed 
on Highway 74 which served as a church and a community school while the present church was being built. The new 
brick church was completed in 1927. 

Mrs. Edith Nelson Scriven taught in the school with her husband and he conducted church services in the new 

The first ministers were Rev. J.J. Wilson, Dr. Turner G. Williamson, Dr. Henry C. Mabry, Rev. Fairley, and 
Rev. Ward. 


Some of the early elders were: Guy Leach, John H. Murphy, Lendais Smith, Jr., Jimmy Purcell, John McPhatter, 
Richard McEachin, Lane McEachin, Charles H. Malloy, Cora Johnson Scriven, and Arlethia McEachin. 

Early deacons were: David and Herbert Malloy, and John D. Smith. 

In 1965 Rev. R.C. Scriven retired and Dr. C.C. Thomas came as Stated Supply. While here. Dr. Thomas worked 
with Dothan members and shared some customs of his native India. Dr. Thomas retired in May, 1985. Rev. Charles 
Conely, a ministerial student, is serving Dothan and Wilson Chapel churches. At this time, the session of Bethany has 
recommended to Presbytery that he be taken under its care. 

Members of Dothan Presbyterian Church engage in a variety of activities such as the United Presbyterian Women's 
Organization, the Youth Group, Youth Choir, Adult Choir, and the Presbyterian Men's Organization. 

Some successful projects involving the community are: Aid to the tornado victims. Community Legal Defense 
Fund, Maxton Public Library, Black History Programs, Vacation Bible School, and the Annual Youth Piano Recital. 

William Gaines, an elder, has served on the Maxton City Council, Maxton Housing Authority, and is president of 
the Maxton Branch of N. A.A.C.P. 

Present church officers are: Elders - William Gaines (Clerk of Session), Paul McDonald, Shirley McEachin, James 
B. Dean, Annie Hailey, Murphy Malloy, and Henry Newton; present Deacons are: Jesse Shaw, Nathaniel Malloy, 
Thaddeus McEachin, John Hailey, F.R. Cooper, and Elizabeth Gilmore. 


The History of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church 
New Bern, North Carolina 

Following is an excerpt from - History of the Presbyterian Church in New Bern by Rev. L.C. Vass, Whitted and 
Shepherdson, Company, 1886: 

"For many years, the First Presbyterian Church of New Bern, N.C. had colored members. Mrs. Stanley, an 
emancipated slave, was one of the original members. As far back as 1832, records of special services were held for 
them by Rev. Mr. Hurd in the church. After the war, we were still, during the present pastorate, receiving colored 
members, and at times separate services were conducted for them, though they attended the regular ministration of 
the sanctuary." 

The Honorable George H. White was a charter member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church. He was the first 
Clerk of Session, and North Carolina's last Negro Congressman. 

About May 1878, the Rev. B.B. Palmer, who was then a colored Licentiate of Orange Presbytery, deemed it best 
to organize a colored Presbyterian Church in New Bern. Services were held in the Congregational School House until 
Ebenezer Presbyterian was built. The mission work was directed by the session of First Presbyterian Church of New 
Bern, North Carolina. On Sunday, November 24, 1878, a committee of Orange Presbytery consisting of Rev. L.O. 
Vass, ruling elders G. Allen and W. Hollister organized Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in the Congregational 
School House with eleven members. The following were elected as elders: Mr. John Randolph, Sr., Mr. Julius Willie 
and Lawyer George H. White, Clerk of the Session. 


The Rev. B.B. Palmer retired from this work in February 1879. He was succeeded by the Rev. A. A. Scott of Yadkin 
Presbytery in May of 1880, who continued to serve Ebenezer until 1889. A beautiful frame church building was 
erected at the cost of about $1,800.00 for the church and lot. On November 7, 1880, it was dedicated to the worship 
of Almighty God. At this time, Ebenezer became a part of Yadkin Presbytery. It was dismissed by Orange Presbytery, 
the Presbyterian Church, U.S. to Yadkin Presbytery, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. on April 13, 1881 during the 
ministry of Rev. A. A. Scott, who reorganized the church, and served it until 1887. 

Later, Ebenezer became a member of Cape Fear Presbytery of the Synod of Catawba. In addition to the Rev. Scott, 
Rev. Miller and Rev. Sanders served the Ebenezer Church on Pasteur Street, which was destroyed by the Historical 
fire of 1922. 

The present church is known as "the Friendly Church on the Corner of Bern and Cedar Sts.," which was erected 
in 1924 during the pastorate of Rev. O.E. Sanders. The Rev. O.E. Sanders received 39 members into the church in the 
years 1924-1925. 

Fifteen ministers have served Ebenezer. They are in the order of the years served— Rev. B.B. Palmer, 1878; Rev. 
A.A. Scott, 1879-1889; Rev. W.E. Carr, 1889-1890; Rev. C.E. Dusenberry, 1890-1892; Rev. C.S. Hedges, 1892-1895; 
Rev. W.A. Byrd, 1895-1904; Rev. A.G. Davis, 1905-1909; Rev. H.C. Miller, 1909-1921; Rev. O.E. Sanders, 1922-1926; 
Rev. M.S. Branch, 1927-1932; Rev. H.E. Williams, 1933-1934; Rev. W.S. Brinkley, 1934-1935; Rev. F.F. Bryan, 
1935-1939; Rev. C.H.C. White, 1939-1975; and our present pastor Rev. Robert Johnson who came to us in May 1980. 

In reflecting on the ministry of the late Rev. C.H.C. White, we feel that his life was spent portraying Christ Jesus 
in whom he firmly beleived. It was his fervent hope that his life would help guide others toward a fruitful Christian 
experience which would reveal faith, hope and charity to all mankind. We cannot lose his gift of insight, we cannot 
forget his gift of need, in times of need. We are convinced that our church, our community, our world are much better 
for his Christian dedications and sacrifices. 

Under the care and direction of Rev. Robert Johnson the following organizations and programs are actively engaged 
in the mission of the church: Men's Council, United Presbyterian Women, Senior Choir, Men's Chorus, Usher Board, 
Junior Church, Interdenominational Evangelism Team, Interdenominational Bible Study Group, Women's Study 
Group. Through these organizations we are able to live our mission as a church especially to the poor and the lost. 

Some of our Church projects are: Annual Baby Contest, Economic Justice Sunday, Criminal Justice Sunday, 
Allen Dudley Sunday School Day, Men's Day, Women's Day, Religious Community Soup Kitchen and Homecoming. 

Our mission as a church is to proclaim Christ and to reach out to others. Through our ministry, we strive to raise the 
consciousness of the community concerning social and economic issues such as poverty, peacemaking, racial, and 
economic and criminal justice. We also strive to develop closer ties with other churches and community organizations 
through Christian fellowship and support. 


Faison Memorial Presbyterian Church 
Clinton, North CaroUna 

In the summer of 1926, a group of citizens of Clinton, North Carolina met for the purpose of organizing a Presbyterian 

Present at the meeting were the Charter Members of the newly formed church: Miss Mabel Faison, Mr. Walter J. 
Faison, Mr. Jacob Hill, Mrs. Juanita Hill, Mr. William Holmes, Dr. D.J. Sammons, and Mr. William Saunders. 

Assisting them in the formation of this new church were the following ministers: Dr. W.H. Best, Warsaw, NC; Rev. 
T.T. Branch, Fayetteville, NC; Dr. Dillard, Goldsboro, NC; Dr. Fairley, Raleigh, NC; and a Mr. Komegay, a Sunday 
School Missionary. 

After organizing the church it was given the name "Faison Memorial Presbyterian Church". 

This meeting was held in a wooden building in the four hundredth block of McKoy Street formerly used by another 
organization. For many years Faison Memorial held their worship services there. 

The first officers were as follows: Elder - Walter J. Faison, Deacon - William Holmes. 

We do not have an accurate record of the ministers serving us during those first years from 1926 to 1944. We have 
always had supply ministers. 

Here are the names of some ministers that did serve us: Rev. Best, Warsaw, North Carolina; Rev. T.T. Branch, 
Fayetteville, North Carolina; Rev. F.F. Bryan, Goldsboro, North Carolina; Rev. Harper, Rocky Mount, North 
Carolina; and Rev. R.E. Stitt, Warsaw, North Carolina. 


In the summer, the Presbytery supplied students from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North 
Carolina and Lincoln University, Oxford, Pennsylvania. 

The Rev. Benjamin H. Brown of Elizabethtown, North Carolina, came to us in the year of 1945. He served us 
diligently for twenty-six years. 

The lot on which the church is buiU - on the corner of the 500 block of McKoy Street and Lee Street - a 75 x 150 feet 
lot, was purchased from Walter J. Faison and wife, Mattie Faison, for the cost of $750.00 on February 24, 1927. At 
that time the church membership was sbc (6) adults. Trustees were: W.J. Faison, W.H. Holmes, and D.J. Sammons. 

On June 18, 1950, a business meeting was called after morning worship for the purpose of planning to erect a church. 
(It was moved and second that Dr. D.J. Sammons become the building chairman and Mrs. D.J. Sammons the 
financial secretary.) The church voted to erect a 30 x 40 foot structure. 

Work began on the present structure in August 1950. Mr. Julian A. Jones, a future member, laid the foundation. 
The building was completed by November 195 1 . 

The church was debt free on completion. The members did not borrow money from the Presbyterian Board or any 
other organization. Thanks be to God. 

The dedication services for the church were held on November 19, 1951. Dr. J.H. Hayswood, Lumberton, North 
Carolina, Stated Clerk of Cape Fear Presbytery and Presiding Minister, presided over the occasion. 

Other guest ministers on program that day were The Rev. M.S. Branch, pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, 
Elizabethtown, North Carolina, Principal of Warsaw High School, Warsaw, North Carolina; Dr. A.H. Prince of 
Columbia, South Carolina, Evangelist of Atlantic Synod (he delivered the dedication sermon); and Dr. F.C; Shirley of 
Charlotte, North Carolina, representative of the Catawba Synod. 

The church has had some good years of growth. Mr. Julian A. Jones was instrumental in getting many young 
people to join the church. This growth began to dwindle as these young people graduated from high school and either 
went to college, married, or relocated because of employment. 

Rev. Brown came to us for the last time on May 16, 1971 . He retired soon after this. 

On December 12, 1971, Rev. O.E. Sanders of Wilson, North Carolina came to us and acted as Moderator. Rev. 
Sanders told the church that he was available for the 2nd and 4th Sundays. Our worship services prior to this had 
been on the 1st and 3rd Sundays. It was agreed that the church would ask the Presbytery to make Rev. Sanders our 
stated supply minister. 

Rev. Sanders held his first meeting as moderator January 23, 1972. He served until October 12, 1975. 

Rev. O.J. Hawkins of Wilson, North Carolina came to serve us as moderator in December 1975. We resumed 
having services on the 1st and 3rd Sunday. Rev. Hawkins served us until December 1978. 

Rev. W.B. Davis of Whiteville, North Carolina came to us in January 1979. He served as moderator until December 
31, 1985. 

During the time that Rev. Davis served, the church purchased an adjoining 50 x 175 feet lot facing our lot on 
McKoy Street, from the City of Clinton for $700.00 on May 26, 1980. 

Our Donators 

First Donor 

When the church was first organized in 1926, Mr. Walter J. Faison gave the church $500.00, which was a lot of 
money at that time. The money was used to purchase the present church property in 1927. 


Second Donor 

Several years after the church was organized the Cape Fear Presbytery donated the Pierce Street Presbyterian Church 
of Warsaw, North Carolina and the property to Faison Memorial. 

At that time we could not have the church moved without tearing it down. That would have been unprofitable. So 
we sold it to another church in Warsaw for $700.00. 

We invested the $700.00 in a government bond. That money was very helpful toward the building of the church. 

Third Donor 

Mrs. Mabel Faison Carter died in March of 1983. She willed $600.00 to the church, which was received 
March 27, 1986. The money was used to help pay the current expenses of the church. 

Our present minister, The Rev. Dr. C.C. Thomas of Fayetteville, North Carolina became moderator of Faison 
Memorial February, 16, 1986. 

Officers Now Serving Are: 

Dders Mrs. Harriette B. Austin 

Dr. D.J. Sammons, Clerk of Session 
Mrs. Patricia F. Sammons 
Mrs. Annie S. Weeks 

Deacon Darius J. Sammons, Jr. 

Jr. Deacon Sidney T. Sammons 

Trustees Dr. D.J. Sammons 

Mr. Darius J. Sammons 

Treasurer Mrs. Daisy H. Caldwell 

At the present time we have 13 members. 

Dr. D.J. Sammons is serving many facets of our church. He is now serving as trustee and as an Elder. He celebrated 
his 89th birthday on June 15, 1986. He was honored with a "Surprise Birthday Dinner" at the church given by his 
family and friends. 

He has served us well in every capacity. Always carrying the load and solving the problems with a smile. He has 
served as Clerk of Session since 1945. This is his 41st year as Clerk. He has always done a commendable job. 

The church has always helped to support the sick, the poor, and needy by helping maintain what is called the 
"Soup Kitchen" of our city and other worthwhile causes. 

We are proud and thankful to God to say that our church, "Faison Memorial Presbyterian Church U.S.A." is free 
of debt. 


Fuller Memorial Presbyterian Church 
Chadbourn, North Carolina 

Cape Fear Presbyterian Church was founded in 1881 by Dr. Henry Clay Mabry and was later renamed Fuller 
Memorial Presbyterian as a tribute to the late Reverend Lemuel H. Fuller. 

Along with Dr. Mabry, Presbyterian missionaries founded the first and only school for Negroes in Chadbourn. 
This school, Gould's Academy, was located at the church site and it existed until 1932. Many of the school's graduates 
attended Biddle, Lincoln, and Shaw Universities. 

Fuller Memorial Presbyterian Church burned on March 19, 1975. As a result, all church records were destroyed. 
Our congregation held services on the second and fourth Sundays until our present church was purchased in 1975. Prior 
to the purchasing of our present church. Fuller Memorial and Second Presbyterian Church of Whiteville merged and 
services were held at St. Mary's A.M.E. Church. 

Our present church is located at the corner of North Howard Street and First Avenue. This small white frame 
Church features a gable front with decorative paneling. The front vestibule also has a gable front roof. Originally this 
building belonged to the Chadbourn Presbyterian Church, then to the Catholic Church. 

During the years the men and women's organizations have done missionary work within the community, visiting 
and holding services for the Elderly at the County Home. Summer Vacation Bible School for Blacks in Chadbourn 
originated with Fuller Memorial and has been sponsored by the Church for many years. 


Fuller Memorial has made a very impressive impact on the community in that the church members have had and 
are still holding offices and are participating members of: The Town Council, Chadbourn ABC Board, Democratic 
Party (local, county, and district). Oratorio Society, Governor's Commission, Ladies' Auxiliary of the American 
Legion, Red Cross Volunteers, Retired Senior Volunteer Programs, Local, State, and National Teachers' Organizations, 
Recreation Commission, Chadbourn Historical Committee, and the American Legion Post Number 233. 

Our former pastors are: 

Dr. Henry Clay Mabry, Rev. L.H. Fuller, Rev. R.C. Scriven, Rev. C.R. Cowans, Rev. J.B. Francis and Rev. W.B. Davis. 
Some of the former officers of Fuller Memorial/Second Presbyterian are: 

Paul Davis, Mary Fuller, Robert Lewis, Harvey Hayes, W.P. Muldrow, Grayer Powell, L. Summersett, Mable Spaulding, 
O'Neil Powell, Laura Swain, Dave Ward, Ida Jordan, W.L. Davis, Sr., L.G. Muldrow, W.E. Brown, A.L. Williams, 
Perry McNeil, Ruth Powell, Dorothy Powell and Mary F. Moore. 

Presently serving as Pastor/Moderator is Dr. C.C. Thomas. 

Edward Shipman - Clerk of Session, Mattie L. Powell, Louis D. Williams, Doris S. Dees and Elizabeth A. Powell. 


James R. Brown 


Ida Scipio, Elizabeth Powell - Treasurer, Doris S. Dees - Pianist, Dora Hayes and Kathryn H. Muldrow - Secretary. 

Sunday School 

Elizabeth Powell - Superintendent, Vicky Rorie - Teacher, Vicky Rorie - Youth Director, Kathryn Muldrow - Teacher, 
and Miriam Boone - Teacher. 


History of Haymount Presbyterian Church 
Fayetteville, North Carolina 

Haymount Presbyterian Church was formally organized in May, 1874 through the efforts of Dr. H.G. Hill, Pastor 
of Fayetteville's First Presbyterian Church from 1868-1886, and Reverend F.L. Montgomery, a Black minister who 
had come to Fayetteville "seeking religious work among his race." 

The history of Haymount Church goes back as far as Presbyterianism in Fayetteville, for in the early days, Blacks 
worshipped in churches along with the Whites. As early as 1849, an all black Sunday School class was conducted in 
the First Presbyterian Church. This Sunday School class formed the nucleus from which Dr. Hill and Reverend 
Montgomery organized the little church which began in 1874, on the corner of Bradford Avenue and Branson Street on 
property owned by the Federal Government. 

Several names stand out in the early history of the Church. John S. Leary was the first Black to teach the Sunday 
School class in the First Presbyterian Church. Reverend Adam Gilchrist, Pastor of the First Church was the organizer 
of the Sunday School Class. Messers. Richard McNeill, Abram Pone and Lewis Gill were the first Elders of the Church. 

Reverend Montgomery was succeeded by Reverend Eli Walker, who did an excellent piece of work. He served here 
for about six years, he was succeeded by Dr. H.C. Mabry, who served but a short period, having been succeeded by the 
Reverend R.E. Fairley in 1890. 

The next minister was Reverend S.P. Smith who came to us in 1900. He stayed only five (5) years and then decided 
to change fields. 


In 1881, the property on which the first church building was erected was sold by the government. The congregation 
then purchased a lot at the foot of Haymount Hill on the corner of Hay and Robeson Streets as the site for a new church. 
A building program was begun under the pastorate of Reverend Robert E. Fairley. In 1905, under the pastorate of 
Reverend T.T. Branch, the present building was erected. Reverend Branch served as pastor of the church for twenty- 
three years. 

The architect and builder of the Church was Dallas Perry, Sr., who was known to be one of the best craftsmen 
in these parts. He had his own style, and his nature was artistic as evidenced by the church which he built on both the 
Gothic and Colonial styles. The building had a double panelled doorway, which was recessed, surrounded by panelling 
and surmounted by a square transom. 

The beauty of detail was interesting with Gothic windows, dentil trim and scalloped facing to its three colonial dormers 
on each side of the roof and in the steeples. The body of the building was squared off and erected on a brick foundation 
that provided a large basement. 

After the pastorate of Reverend Branch, the Reverend H.S. Davis accepted the position for five years before 
accepting the principalship of Mary Potter School, Oxford, North Carolina. He was succeeded by Reverend J. P. Holmes. 

In 1933, the Reverend F.B. Levister, an accomplished musician, became the pastor of the Church and served until 
1936 when he was succeeded by the late Dr. E.J. Gregg. Dr. Gregg was revered by the Church members and the 
community as an outstanding scholar and Christian gentleman. He retired in 1956 after serving as pastor for almost 
twenty years and was succeeded by the Reverend C.H. Thomas. Reverend Thomas served as pastor for fourteen years. 
Under the leadership of Reverend Thomas, the Church increased its membership 50%, extensive renovations were made 
on the manse, and the interior of the church, and a deed was secured for the present property. Reverend Thomas 
resigned in August, 1970 to accept a position as Ministerial Consultant for Church Development and National 
Mission Strategy in the Synod of Ohio. 

Reverend Harry J. Miller came to Haymount on January 30, 1972. Under his leadership, the church began a building 

In January, 1974, the congregation acquired the Rosehill Road property with two church site mortgages from the 
General Assembly. The fifteen-yeEU- mortgage was paid off in 1978 and the Twenty-year mortgage was paid off in 1979. 

On Saturday night, December 20, 1980, a fire from unknown causes, completely destroyed the church facUity at 
619 Hay Street. The only things that survived the fire were two tables, three chairs, the cornerstone, and the cross on 
top of the steeple. That Sunday morning, the congregation was able to put together a worship service and celebrated the 
Lord's Supper in the Chapel at the Stephen Rodgers Funeral Home on Cumberland Street. It worshipped there imtil 
October 10, 1982. For afternoon, evening, weekday services, and programs, it used the facilities of First Presbyterian 
Church on the comer of Bow and Ann Streets. 

In January, 1981, the church began an intensive building program and by the grace of God, it broke ground on 
November 8, 1981. The Session, the Church Building Council, and the members were magnificent. Their support was 
unbelievable. What began as a two-part building construction program was completed in phase one of the construction 
because of their support and faith. The new church was completed in phase one of the construction because of their support 
and faith. The new church was completed on October 17, 1982. The building was dedicated with an ecumenical service on 
December 18, 1982. 

The new church has the main sanctuary, eight classrooms, a library, bathrooms, an office complex for the pastor, 
secretary, and financial officers, modern kitchen facilities, a large multi-purpose room for dining and other activities 
called the fellowship hall, and adequate storage facilities. All furnishings, except the tables and chairs in the fellowship 
hall, were donated by organizations within the church, members, and friends of Haymount. The church steeple was 
also donated. 

The congregation will never forget that cold December night, that in the midst of the fire, water, and icy conditions, 
with repeated attempts by fire officials to knock the cross down, it stood. Two firemen were injured trying to bring the 
cross down. That cross today is on the front of our new edifice as a "REMINDER" from whence it came. 


Mars Hill Presbyterian Church, 1917 - 1986 
Hope Mills, North Carolina 

Mars Hill Presbyterian Church, Hope Mills, N.C. was organized in 1917 in the Cape Fear Presbytery under the 
leadership of Rev. J.H. Hayswood, Stated Clerk of the Presbytery. The Rev. P.P. Johnson was the first ordained and 
installed pastor. He also served Freedom East Presbyterian Church, Raeford, N.C. Under Rev. Johnson's leadership a 
congregation was formed and organized in a county school building. A session was then formed and the first elders 
elected were: Jasper Hodges, Sr., Jim Blue, Chester R. Chavis, Sr., Jessie McNeil, and Jack McEachin. Three of the 
original members are still living. They are Elder Lawrence W. McEachin and Elder Annie E. Hodges of Mars Hill and 
Mrs. Inez Pierce of Chestnut Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, N.C. During this era Miss Annie E. Hodges organized 
an interdenominational Sunday School. The teachers were from the local community. Some of them were Mrs. Harriet 
Chavis and persons from Big Rockfish Presbyterian Church U.S. — Mrs. Elizabeth McDonald Cashwell, Mr. Kenneth 
McDonald and Mr. Fleet Fish. Rev. Johnson served the church for eighteen years. 

In the Fall of 1935 Rev. Calvin M. Young was ordained and installed as the second minister. He brought to the 
church an abundance of new ideas. The congregation began to evangelize, improve church education, and expand 
stewardship. He served dutifully for five years. 


In 1940 Rev. Warren Jones was ordained and installed as the minister. The congregation grew to its largest 
number - one hundred and ten (110). Under his leadership a new edifice was completed in April 1942 on land given by 
Elder Samuel Jasper Hodges, Sr. Rev. Jones was known for his interest and work with Daily Vacation Bible School, 
camping, all areas of worship and church education. In 1947, Rev. Jones resigned and joined the United States Army 
and served as a chaplain. 

From 1947 to 1950 two Theological Seminarians, Rev. Robert Meacham and Rev. Robert Webster, served the 
church on the first and third Sundays in each month. Rev. Henry E. Williams was the pastor from 1950 to 1955. 
Rev. Miles Jackson, Sr., rendered his services as Stated Supply from 1956-1958. 

In 1958 Rev. R.C. Scriven came as Stated Supply. Under his leadership and guidance, the church was relocated 
to its present site beside Highway 301 South of Hope Mills, N.C. Elder Jim Hodges gave the land and a loan was 
secured from the Board of National Missions to build the present structure. During this period three elders along with 
Rev. Scriven went to Raleigh to secure incorporation for the church. They were: Elders Lawrence W. McEachin, 
Willie Cristopher Hodges, and Annie E. Hodges. The first service was held September 3, 1961 . 

In June 1963, Rev. O.J. Hawkins became the Stated Supply. During his tenure many organizations were revitalized: 
the Youth Group, United Presbyterian Women's Organization, and the Presbyterian Men's Organization. He was 
extremely interested in the youth in the church and community and encouraged them to participate in a variety of 
activities. Most importantly, he stressed and practiced good stewardship. Also a loan was secured and the Educational 
Building was completed. All loans have liquidated. He initiated the first homecoming held on the lavm of the church. 
Rev. Hawkins served the church for seventeen years. 

In 1917 the church began with eleven members and in 1950 there were one hundred-ten communicant members. 
From 1951 until the present the membership has declined to fifty-two. This is due to mobility of families. Many have 
left the farm, such as college graduates seeking job security. Some are still members of Presbyterian churches in other 
cities and states. 

On January 1, 1981, the Rev. James A. Christian became Stated Supply after serving 34 years as full pastor in the 
Presbyterian Church. Under his strong leadership, both the session and congregation, are encouraged to do things 
decently and in order with history, heritage, administration, leadership, education, stewardship and evangelism. Rev. 
Christian is the fourth minister to live on the field which has meant a lot to the congregation and the community. He is a 
caring person and is always ready to serve his flock. 

The following persons have served as Clerks of Session: 

Samuel Jasper Hodges . . . 
David Mack McEachin . . . 
Willie Christopher Hodges 

Jim Hodges 

Marian Y. Hodges 


1975 to present 


The History of Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church 
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 

Mt. Pisgah's history began when a group of nine citizens or more, met in the home of Mrs. R.J. Person of 
Rocky Mount, N.C. in the fall of 1891. Attending that first meeting were Mrs. R.J. Person, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. 
Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Hawkins, Mr. Carter Burwell, Mr. and Mrs. W.N. Vainwright, and Mrs. Charlotte 
Bunn. The chief promoter at this time, was the Rev. George Carson who was also present at the meeting. 

The first worship services were conducted in the Academy of Music which later became Rocky Mount's Municipal 
Building. The first congregations were very small, however the Sunday School was filled with large crowds of adults 
and children. The parochial school was opened in the fall of 1891, in the old Battle store which stood where the Thomas 
and Howard Wholesale Company now stands. 

In the late fall of 1891, Mr. J.H. Logan of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania donated the land on which the church now 
stands. Mr. LD. Hargett, the teacher of the parochial school was instrumental in getting a school house built on this 
property, which served as the place of worship. Shortly thereafter, a severe storm damaged the school building beyond 
repair. Under the leadership of the Rev. C.E. Tucker, pastor, the church was rebuilt through the efforts of L.V. Battle, 
J.W. Parker Sr. and Attorney L.V. Bassett. 

The property was officially transfered to the Board of Trustees with a mortgage of $150.00 and from this began the 
first Mt. Pisgah Church. The building was later demolished and a new sanctuary and education building was erected in 
1962 under the leadership of the Rev. James H. Costen. On Sunday, March 18, 1962, the congregation entered its new 
church home for the first time. 


Since its beginning, the church has had 22 pastors, sixteen were supply pastors assigned here by the Cape Fear 
Presbytery. The first pastor to be "called" by the local church was the Rev. Jcimes Barnett in 1943. During the pastorate 
of Rev. James Barnett the church built its present day manse, on property adjacent to the church. In the fall of 1955, 
the Rev. James H. Costen became the second "called" pastor of the Church. During an interval between the pastorates 
of Barnett and Costen, the Rev. O. A. Sanders of Wilson, N.C. served as interim pastor. 

On October 3, 1965, the Rev. Albert Hockaday was officially installed as the Church's third full time pastor. 
On June 1, 1969, the Rev. Lloyd B. Morris became the fourth pastor of the Mt. Pisgah church. It was under Rev. 
Morris' leadership that Mt. Pisgah developed and operated a Day-Care Center, which still operates to this day. Rev. 
Morris is also remembered as one of the former Stated Clerks of the Cape Fear Presbytery. 

On Sunday October 12, 1980 the Rev. Edward Richardson was installed as the fifth pastor of the Mt. Pisgah 
Presbyterian church. During this period between Morris and Richardson, the Rev. St. Paul Epps, a former administrator 
with the Nat'l Self Development Of People Fund of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was interim pastor. 

At present the congregation is ministering under the leadership of the Rev. Eddie Deas III, its sixth "called" pastor. 
Rev. Deas came to the Church in August of 1984 and was duly installed as Pastor on November 11, 1984. Under his 
leadership the Mt. Pisgah Day Care Center was duly incorporated and renamed the Mt. Pisgah Child Care Center, Inc. 

The Supply ministers who served the local church from 1891 through 1942 were: George Carson, C. Dillard, L.W. 
Melton, J.J. Wilson, E.A. Mitchell, C.E. Tucker, J.B. Harper, S.P. Smith, A.G. Davis, A.E. Sephas, W.D. Burgess, 
H.E. Williams, F.F. Bryan, and O.E. Sanders. 

It might be of interest to make a few other comments about Mt. Pisgah that are significant. During the administration 
of Rev. Morris the church became self sustaining, 1975, and satisfied all regular loans on the church building. The 
Child Care Center was officially opened in September of 1969. Mt. Pisgah also has one of its own members laboring in 
the Presbytery as pastor and chair of General Council, the Rev. Antonia Lawrence, who also happens to be a practicing 
Attorney in Rocky Mount, N.C. Mt. Pisgah has also had in addition to Antonia Lawrence, Rev. Gordon Marshall 
and Vernon Ross who entered Seminary in the early 1970's. 

For years, the late Mrs. Juanita Barnett served on General Council of Cape Fear and several national committees. 

Our present moderator, Ruth Brewer, has served on Presbytery, Synod and National Committees, was a Lay 
Reader for Corporative Examination for Ministers in Atlanta trained in different seminaries. 

Mrs. Lucy Lawrence has played for the church choir since 1924. 


History Of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church 
South Main Street 
Frankhnton, North CaroHna 

In 1860, Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church had its birth as a mission. The Reverends McCurity and Pratt were the 
ministers who began and kept the mission alive until Dr. Mabry took the work. 

After Dr. Moses A. Hopkins, from Westmoreland County, Virginia, was graduated from Lincoln University, 
Pennsylvania, 1877, he came to Franklinton and found the mission housed in a log structure. The Freedmen's Board 
sent him here to build the work. So earnestly and so untiringly did he labor that it was not long before he and his 
members had erected a frame church building with a four-room manse attached, and Albion Academy, consisting of 
one large administration building, a shop, and a dormitory for girls - all frame. 

He and his members purchased about two acres of land on 124 College Street (front) on which he built Albion 
Academy and two acres on Main and College for the church. The land on which the church now stands plus 100 feet of 
ground in back of the church yard and across on the south side of College Street, what is now the Mitchell house, the 
Pan-Am filling station, and the house site that joins the Eaton Bowser estate — all were a part of the Mt. Pleasant 
Church land. 


The carpenters in the church labored hard and gave of their meager means to help in the erection of the school and 
the church. William Dunston, (A.O. Dunston's father), Jesse Rattley, and Milliard Dunston were some of the 
carpenters who helped. The church was burned and services were held in the Albion Academy chapel until a brick 
veneered structure was erected. 

Our church was destroyed by fire a second time in 1970, but God enabled us to rebuild His structure where we 
continue our worship of Him. 

The ministers who have served Mt. Pleasant in order of their service are: The Reverends McCurity, Pratt, Dr. 
Mabry, Dr. Moses A. Hopkins (later sent to Africa as U.S. Minister to Liberia-passed while there), The Reverends 
Alexander, S.S. Sevier, Dr. John A. Savage (the builder of Albion Academy and the erector of a brick veneered church 
building), Dr. Walter G. Anderson, The Reverend O.E. Sanders, The Reverend Stitt, (graduate of Lincoln 
University), Reverend Enoch Kearney, Dr. John R. Dungee, and interim ministers, with the Reverend J.W. Brown of 
Davie Street Presbyterian Church, Rdeigh, as Moderator. 

Some of the elders who have served and are now serving are: 
Hilliard Dunston, Jesse Rattley, Peter Kelley, Thomas Mitchell, Robin Hawkins, Henry Wilder Fuller, Alonzo 
Phillips, Noah Johnson, Richard Campbell, James Robert Hawkins, Henry Wilder, A.O. Dunston, clerk, RoUine 
Ehmston Collins, Elsie Baptiste Harris, Virginia Tabron Parker, Cammie Kearney, James Oliver Harris, clerk. 

Some of the deacons who have served and £U"e now serving are: 

Duke Dunston, Ben Dunston, William Dunston, Hillary Dunston, Henry Stallings, J.O. Harris, Max Dunston. 

Some of the organists: 

Mrs. Carrie Hopkins, Maggie Allen, Annie Seviere, Minnie Donnell, Annie Campbell, Carrie Savage Hawkins, 
Agnes Omesa Dunston Dunn, Carrie Savage Hawkins, Elsie Baptiste Harris, Dorine Harris Massenburg, RoUine 
Dunston Collins, Queen Elizabeth Dunston Hawkins. 

Some choir members: 

Mrs. Carrie Hopkins, Narcissa Rattley, Maggie Allen, Annie Ray, Florence Debnam, Minnie Donnell, Miss Delia 
Dunston, Susie Dunston, Roberta Dunston, Minnie Mitchell, Blanche Dunston, Mrs. Daisy Long, Hattie Cook, 
Annie Bailey, Carrie Lewis, Sallie Kearney, Cameline Bone, Eleanor Green, Elizabeth Rattley Shaw, Elsie Baptiste 
Harris, Elizabeth Alston, Grace Edwards, Agnes Dunston, Rolline Dunston Collins, Agnes Omesa Dunston Durm, 
Virginia Hawkins Levister, Sarah Cheek, Julia Blair, Miss Catherine King, Dorine Harris Massenburg. 

The most recent addition to the church edifice is the memorial chimes on the organ donated by Rolline Dunston 
Collins and Agnes Omesa Dunston Dunn honoring their parents. Elder and Mrs. Alpha Omega Dunston. 

A.O. Dunston, Clerk of Session 

Revised by his daughter, 

Agnes Omesa Dunston Dunn, 1985 


Panthersf ord Presbyterian Church 
Redsprings, North Carolina 

Much praise and credit is given to the Session of Philadelphus Presbyterian Church for not forsaking their Black 
members when they became free in 1865. There was a tender affection in their hearts for those members who had 
worshipped with them for many years. Also, they had trained some of the members - Jerry McNeill and Guilford 
Bethune - as elders for the special purpose of giving spiritual guidance. 

In 1866 this session set up a Black Church and Elders McNeill and Bethune, with the aid of the Philadelphus Church 
Session guided and encouraged the infant church. For a period, there was no regular pastor, and Sunday School was 
held in private homes. 

Within a year or so a lot was purchased near the Ford of Panther's Branch. A brush harbor was built and served as 
the church until a log structure was built. It was then decided that the church would be named Panthersford after the 

The members had difficulty getting a deed to the land where the church stood. Mr. John (Uncle Jack) McNeill 
persuaded Mr. Archie Buie to sell to Panthersford the present site. The log building was moved to this site where it 
served for many years as a church and a school. 

About 1881, a second and better building was constructed. In 1904, Rev. John H. Hayswood, who was pastor, 
led the congregation in building a comfortable house of worship, and in 1908 the third building was completed and 
dedicated by Dr. W.E. McLean of Concord, N.C. We now worship in our fourth church which was built in 1959. 

Our church remains a spiritual and intellectual light for thousands of family members branching from The Blues, 
Browns, McNeills, McMillans, Pattersons, Buies, Williams, Haywoods, McArthurs, Ellises, Smiths, McBrydes, 
McLaurins, Bethunes, and McLeans, and for those who have joined us. 

In 1965 a Fellowship Hall was added to this church. This structure includes a dining hall, pastor's study, two 
all-purpose rooms, kitchen, and bathroom. 


We are proud of our history, with its struggles and successes and we pay tribute today to our ministers who have 
given us spiritual guidance: 

Rev. Dr. J.H. Hays wood 

Rev. F.D. Wilson 

Rev. Dr. G.B. Fiawoo . . 

. . 1903 - 1956 
. . 1957 - 1959 
1%2 - Present 

A Tribute In Memory Of Our Ancestors 

An old man going along a highway, came to a chasm deep and wide 
The old man crossed in the twilight dim. 

The sullen stream had no fear for him, but he turned when safe on the other 
side and built a bridge to span the tide. 

Old man said a fellow pilgrim near, you are wasting your strength on this build here 
Your journey will end with the ending day, you never again shall pass this way. 
You have crossed the chasm deep and wide. Why build you this bridge at eventide? 
The builder raised his gray old head. Good friend, in the path I have come he said. 
There follows after me today a youth whose feet must pass this way, 
This chasm which has been naught to me. 
To that fair youth may a pitfall be. 

He too must cross in the twilight dim. Good friend, I'm building this bridge for him. 

Our ancestors must have had a vision of this poem when they organized and dedicated their lives in building a 
bridge for us, that we too could cross successfully. Let us dedicate our lives in building a bridge for others. 


Second Presbyterian Church 
Elizabethtown, North Carolina 

The Second Presbyterian Church was established in the year 1906. Charter members were: Clifton Shaw, John 
Pone, Helen Pone, Albert Dimery, Rebecca Shaw, Laura Gill, Margaret Rhody Dimery, and J.T. Gill. The trustees 
were: W.C. Shaw, John Pone, and J.T. Gill. 

The church building, located on Dunham Street in Elizabethtown, was constructed in 1913. Before the structure 
was built, services were held in the home of John Pone's mother. After the church was built, grade school was held 
there for many years until Bladen County Training School was established. A Mrs. Farnsworth furnished the students 
with clothes, school supplies, etc. 

The following ministers have served the church: Rev. Smith, Rev. T.H. Williamson, who served for nearly three 
decades. Rev. B.H. Brown, who served about two decades. Rev. R.N. Cowan, who served for four (4) years. Rev. 
M.H. Branch, who served for nineteen years. Rev. R.N. Cowan was recalled and served until 1975. Rev. W.E. Johnson 
has served from 1975 to the present time. 

The present ruling elders are: Robert S. Richardson, Gladwin S. Shaw, Georgia K. McDowell, Frances Martin 
Leake, Charles B. Moore, and Jameel Hamoud. The present trustees are: Robert S. Richardson, Ollie Ruth Hamoud, 
Gladwin S. Shaw, Charles B. Moore, Effie Rogers Martin, Vander McDowell and Benjamin Peterson. The present 
deacons are: Benjamin Peterson, Vander McDowell, Mattie Shaw Richardson, Betty McDowell McLaughlin, and 
Effie Rogers Martin. 

There are presently thirty-three members enrolled at Second Presbyterian Church. We have Sunday School 
each Sunday from 10-11 o'clock A.M., and Worship on the second and fourth Sundays at 11 o'clock A.M. Bible Study 
is held on the second and fourth Wednesday nights at 7:30 o'clock P.M. 


The Willing Workers Society sponsored a "Miss Sweetheart" pageant for several years, giving young ladies and 
gentlemen in the community an opportunity to appear before an audience and exhibit talents. Other organizations 
are the Women's Association and the Senior Choir. 

Our church believes in helping others here and overseas, in whatever way we can through our mission work. 

In the past, our church has made a significant impact on our community through Vacation Bible School, Girl 
Scouts and the Summer Enrichment Program. 

In our congregation we have two doctors and an Area Manager of Carolina Power and Light Company, who 

are not members, but attend church regularly, a college administrator, active and retired school personnel and others 
serving in various capacities and civic and community affairs. 


St. James Presbyterian Church 

308 W. Harper St. 
Snow Hill, North Carolina 28580 

Saint James began in 1895 when a Presbyterian Missionary from Pennsylvania met with a group of interested 
Blacks in the Greene County Court House to share their concerns. After several meetings a congregation was 
established and the first regular service was conducted by a Rev. J.H. Hayswood from Lumberton, N.C. in October 
of the same year. The first church structure was erected in early 1900. This edifice was replaced by the present facility 
after our congregation merged with Sloan Chapel, Hookerton, N.C. in 1957. The new church was erected on the site of 
the original church. Economic changes and loss of members led to the establishing of a Yolk-ministry with White Rock, 
Kinston, N.C. in 1976. At this point we are still operating in this manner. 

Current church officers are: Moderator, Rev. St. Paul Epps; Clerk of Session, Jonelle Davis; Treasurer, Earl J. 
Brinson; Financial Secretary, Vivian S. Jones. Active Elders are: Sharon Brinson, Jonelle Davis, Sara Giles, Edna E. 
Harper, G.P. Edwards, Vivian Jones, A.L. Jones, Renita Best and J.W. Edwards. Our church organizations include: 
the choir. Women's Organization, Men's Organization, Youth Organization, Deacon Board and Trustees. Each 
Sunday we have Sunday School at 9:00 A.M., followed by the Morning Worship Service at 10:00 A.M. With a 
membership of thirty-five we strive to keep St. James abreast of what is going on in all church related activities. 

Each year we sponsor three special projects: (1) October Celebration - This is always held the first Sunday in October 
in recognition of our longevity as a congregation. This year we will have "Celebration 91". This is also referred to as 
Homecoming Sunday. (2) Christmas Covered Dish Dinner - Citizens from the community and members of other 
churches are invited to join our church family at this festive meal. The fellowship and Christmas Spirit is enhanced 
by seasonal music and exchanging of gifts. (3) Summer Enrichment Program - This is a four week project, five days a 
week, from 9:00 to 12:00 A.M. for all children in the community. We stress Christian principles. Black Culture, 
academics, and recreation. Our final activity is a day at Cliffs of the Neuse. 


Our mission is to support and uphold those ideals and causes fostered by the Presbyterian Church, USA. Collectively, 
we spiritually and financially support those causes which perpetuate the name of Jesus Christ at each judicatory level. 
This is the realm of our mission belief. 

St. James members are involved in a variety of community activities, as indicated by the number in the NAACP, 
Greene County Improvement Association, Retired School Personnel, Art Council, Home Health Care Advisory 
Board, Greene County Medical Center Board of Directors, Election Board, and School Volunteer Services. 


St. Matthews Presbyterian Church 
Dudley, North Carohna 

St. Matthews Presbyterian Church was organized October 5, 1890 under the auspices of The Reverend Clarence 
Dillard. The Rev. Dillard was then moderator of Shiloh Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina and saw the 
need and future success of a Presbyterian Church in Dudley. 

The Rev. Dillard worked diligently to get the Church organized and was its first moderator, serving the Church from 
1890 until 1913. There were nine known original members, most of whom have descendants as members today. The 
original members were Mr. Washington Simmons, a teacher in Dudley; Mrs. Amanda Hagans, Mr. Wesley Budd and 
wife Julia, Mr. William Newkirk and wife Hattie Ann, Mr. Isaac Griswold and wife Cherry, and Mrs. Tempsy Boseman. 

Though few in number, the members, inspired by Rev. Dillard, worked endlessly to make the Church successful 
and slowly the membership grew. When God took Mrs. Dillard to her Heavenly home. Elder and Mrs. Wesley Budd 
raised the Dillards' son as their own. When Rev. Dillard left the Church, Rev. T.G. Williamson served as Moderator 
for one year. The Rev. L.H. Fuller then served until The Rev. W.H. Best was appointed Moderator. The Rev. Best 
served until 1920. 

In 1920 there was a disturbance in the First Congregational Church in Dudley. Some of the members left the 
Church discouraged and joined St. Matthews, further increasing its membership. 

The original Church was destroyed by fire in 1920. The first book of the Session was destroyed in this fire. The only 
record is from memories of elderly Dudley residents passed down to their children. A building no longer in use was 
purchased from the Quakers and services continued with little interruption. 


Subsequent Moderators were The Rev. M.S. Branch, 1920-1927 and The Rev. J.H. Sampson, 1927-1936. No 
records can be found from 1936 until 1940. At this time The Rev. B.R. Richardson was pastor, and served through 
October 1965. Several Moderators were appointed for short terms following The Rev. Richardson, and included The 
Rev. J.H. Stokes, The Rev. M.S. Branch, The Rev. Eugene James, The Rev. James Davis, and The Rev. O.J. Hawkins. 
The Rev. Henry E. Williams served as pastor from 1975-1979. 

The old Church structure was in need of major renovations and the members decided that it was time to build a 
new church. They appealed to the Presbytery for assistance. They were granted approval to build, but were denied 
assistance. With great determination and faith in God, they decided to build without financial assistance. The men, 
under the supervision of Elder Edward Gray, an industrial arts instructor, designed and erected the present structure. 
They worked evenings and Saturdays. The women prepared food and gave support. The new building was dedicated 
in October, 1979. 

The Reverend O.J. Hawkins was reappointed Moderator in 1979 with The Rev. James A. Christian serving the 
pulpit through 1980. The Rev. Hawkins assumed ministerial responsibilities after Rev. Christian and served until his 
health failed in 1981. 

The Reverend B.F. Baskerville was appointed Moderator after the demise of The Rev. Hawkins and served in 
this capacity through January, 1986. 

WTien the Church had a vacant pulpit, area ministers from other churches filled in. These ministers included: 
The Rev. Oliver Brinson, The Rev. Henry Williams, The Rev. Cleverland Ellis, Bishop Charles R. Lofton, and The 
Rev. Charles Locklear. The members are most grateful to these ministers who kept their spirits high. 

The Rev. Antonio Lawrence was appointed Stated Supply to St. Matthews in January, 1986. The congregation 
gives thanks to God that it now has a leader and pastor. The Rev. Lawrence is helping to get the Church back in line 
with the Presbyterian guidelines, helping to strengthen its weaknesses and making improvements that will add to 
the spiritual atmosphere of worship services. In addition, he is a dynamic speaker and the membership is certain to 
grow, as the community is much impressed with his dedication to God and his mode of teaching, preaching, and 
expressing God's Word. By the Grace of God, the membership is certain of much spiritual growth and prosperity 
in the Church, as well as the community, under the leadership of this energetic Christian minister that God has sent 
to St. Matthew. 

There are currently 28 members of St. Matthews. The members are in the process of building a combination 
education and dining room, for which they are not seeking financial assistance from the National Church. 

Descendants of original members who are now active members of St. Matthew are: 

1 . ) Elder John Griswold and Miss Bessie Griswold - grandchildren of Issac and Cherry Griswold. 

2. )Elder Dora Thompson - great-granddaughter of Wesley and Julia Budd. 

3. ) Elder Percy Newkirk and Mrs. Louise Broadhurst - great-grandchildren of William and Hattie Ann Newkirk. 

4. ) Deacon Herman Hagans - grandson of Amanda Hagans. 


St. Paul Presbyterian Church 
Louisburg, North Carolina 

The seeds for Saint Paul Presbyterian Church were sown when missionaries were sent to the South by the Presbyterian 
Church, U.S.A. in the year of 1865. During this year the Freedmen's Board sent Misses Miller and Henderson (white) 
to Louisburg, N.C. Though they were the victims of prejudice, even among their own race, they left a wonderful 
contribution toward paving the way to the heights that are now the pride of Franklin County. They were refused 
living accommodations at the local hotel, but they rented an old house in the outskirts of the town, and to this log house 
they walked each day to hold their classes and on Sunday it was used for Sunday School. After these missionaries, 
several others followed, namely, Miss Gross and Miss Russell, (white). Seeing there was no Negro church in the 
community, they influenced the Freedmen's Board to send a supply pastor to the field. On November 1, 1867, the 
Reverend Joseph Piatt was sent as stated supply, using the same log house for service once a month. 

In April 1875, Reverend Calvin McCurdy came with a view of establishing a church. As there was not a Negro 
church in this section, the Negro people held membership in the white Methodist Church. From this group a few 
organized the Saint Paul Presbyterian Church in the little two-room log house in the country. Reverend McCurdy and 
John Williamson were the founders. A piece of land was purchased in the city on South Main Street and, on what is 
now known as, the West River Road. 


On May 1, 1877, Reverend Moses A. Hopkins was sent to the field. He was soon sent as United States Minister to 
Liberia, where he died shortly after his arrival. He was followed by Reverend R.H. Armstrong on April 1, 1880, who 
was the first minister to live on the field. His work resulted in a church building being started. He was followed by 
Reverend F.J. Jordan. On January 28, 1885, Doctor John A. Savage took the field and completed the church. Reverend 
Charles E. Tucker came to the field on May 22, 1887. The church burned down in 1901. The Saint Paul Presbyterian 
members worshipped at Saint Mathias Episcopal Church until the present church was built. Doctor John A. Savage 
returned to the field in 1899, and the present church, which stands as a monument to him, was completed July 4, 1917 

In September 1921, Reverend Hampton Theodore McFadden came to Saint Paul Presbyterian Church, being the 
youngest minister ever sent to the church. Thus began his long and fruitful relationship with Saint Paul. He was installed 
as minister in 1931, and served until his retirement April 15, 1979, at which time the church appointed him as Pastor 
Emeritus. He worked diligently with his members to accomplish many improvements that were made during his career 
here as pastor. A partial resume ' of these improvements is as follows: In 1923 a pulpit set was purchased; in 1929 a 
central heating plant was installed and electric lights were also installed to replace kerosene lamps. Also during this era 
windows were replaced with stained glass art windows, and a study built. The parochial school was also revived 
along with initiating many other organizations such as Junior Church, Young Peoples Meeting, Prayer Meeting, 
Missionary Society and Deacon Board. A new electric Hammond Organ was dedicated in 1955; in 1964, a new 
communion set was bought, and in 1975 the heating plant was changed from a furnace which burned oil to an electric 
heating and air-conditioning system. 

As evidence of Reverend McFadden's usefulness in the Cape Fear Presbytery and Synod, he served as chairman of 
the Committee on Ecumenical Mission and Relations, member of the National Missions Committee, Chairman of the 

Executive Committee of Young People's Fellowship, Stated Clerk of Cape Fear Presbytery, Treasurer of Wartime 
Service Fund, Secretary-Treasurer of Presbyterial Summer Conference and Synodical Conference, a member of the 
Committee on Bills and Overtures, and for many years as Treasurer of the Synod of Catawba. On September 26, 1971 
his 50 years of service were honored by St. Paul Presbyterian Church; and on September 5, 1976, the 109th Anniversary 
of the Church, the Hampton T. McFadden Educational Building consisting of a day care and an educational center, was 
dedicated. This day care center vv'as the first in Franklin County to meet the full requirements of the State of North 
Carolina and the United States Government. 

Following Reverend McFadden's retirement. Reverend Charles J. Farmer who had served the congregation from 
time to time when Reverend McFadden had to be away, became minister on June 1, 1980, and resigned on August 25, 1985. 
While Reverend Farmer was pastor. Saint Paul grew in membership, the Educational Building was completed and the 
mortgage on the building retired. 

At the present time Saint Paul has a membership of 91. We feel that our mission must not only meet the spiritual 
needs of our immediate congregation, but to all of society. As baptized people who have been drawn into the life of 
Christ, we must proclaim good news to all people, drawing them into Christ's life. We realize that the great mission of 
the Church cannot be limited to speaking words of grace or meeting the human needs of people. We must continually 
strive, like Christ, to bring good news to the poor, release to the captive, recovering of sight to the bUnd and liberty to 
those who are oppressed. 

Our history at Saint Paul gives its members much to be proud of. It has been represented in the General Assembly 
and has served on Presbytery and Synod committees. It has a member who is on the Louisburg City Council, and its 
members are represented in many civic and community organizations. We feel that the Church must be constantly 
involved in social issues and other community problems and strive to work toward christian solutions. 

We wish to give acknowledgements to Mrs. Lucy Shaw Dent's article - "Memories of Long Ago," from which 
facts were taken and updated. 


Shiloh Presbyterian Church 
Goldsboro, North Carolina 

Since the organization of Shiloh Presbyterian Church in February 1883, fifteen persons have served as pastors. 
Besides the Reverend J. A. Savage and C. Dillard, the others were the Reverends P.W. Russell, J.J. Wilson, J.B. 
Harper, J.G. Walker, M.S. Branch, O.J. McLeod, L.E. Fairley, W.H. Freeland, F.F. Bryan, B.F. Levister, W.S. 
Brinkley, B.R. Richardson and J.E. Davis. Of this number the Reverend B.R. Richardson is the only one now living. 

Because of what the Presbyterian Church had meant to both of them, practically all of their lives, the late Rev. and 
Mrs. W.H. Freeland decided that they would give their home to the Board of National Missions of the United 
Presbyterian Church of Goldsboro, North Carolina. Mrs. Freeland preceded her husband in death. The Reverend 
Freeland died April 30, 1943, after which their will was carried out and the manse at 314 West Pine Street served as the 
home of Reverend and Mrs. B.R. Richardson. This was a most beautiful and generous way for the Reverend and 
Mrs. Freeland to express their gratitude to the United Presbyterian Church. 


Where the manse once stood was the site of the first Negro Public School in Wayne County and in that school 
building Shiloh Presbyterian Church of Goldsboro was organized February 25, 1883. 

The annex at the rear of the church was added in 1952. It included a study, choir loft, rest room facilities and a 
heating system. 

For the early work done in a Presbyterian Mission, which resulted in the organization of Shiloh Presbyterian Church; 
for the work done by faith and sacrifices of the chartered members; for those members and friends, who gave their 
services and have passed to receive their rewards; for each of the fourteen pastors who served, each one, as Shepherd 
of his flock; we give honor and, praise and, above all, we give thanks to our Heavenly Father. 

Currently the Reverend Antonia Lawrence is the minister. 

Church Officers: 

Clerk Mrs. Christine Battle 

Elders: Mr. Alton Parker 

Mr. Edward Bostic 
Mr. Oliver King 
Ms. Sallye Stitt 
Mrs. Mary Hall 
Mrs. Mary Morrison 
Mrs. Edith Best 
Mrs. Christine Battle 

Deacons Mrs. Helen Davis 

Mrs. Agnes Graham 
Mrs. Etheline King 
Mrs. Janet Pitt 
Ms. Betty Royall 
Ms. Rosa Atmore 

Total number of members — 36. 

Services are held every Sunday. First, Third, and Fifth Sundays at 11:00 A.M. Second and Fourth Sundays at 
10:45 A.M. 

Our most successful projects are Homecoming, Choir Anniversary, Candlelight Service, Ushers Anniversary, 
A Musical Tea, Youth Day, Mother's Day Rally, Women's Day, Men's Day, Family Day Picnic, Revivals, Annual 
Banquets, Craft and Bake Sale, Yard Sale and Bible School. 

Our organizations include a Choir, Youth Group and Sunday School. 

Mission Design 

Shiloh United Presbyterian Church exists to express the wholeness of the gospel for the totality of human need. The 
concerns of the church encompass Christ's mission of caring and sharing, development of Christian leadership, 
fellowship with other churches, and the utilization of talents that can help to upbuild God's kingdom on earth. 

Kind of Impact 

Although Shiloh has no member who is on the school board, it has a warm, supportive relationship with the 
community schools. Teachers represent about six percent of its membership. These teachers have made the church 
strongly effective in the community by inviting school organizations such as girl scouts, boy scouts, choirs, and bands to 
participate in the various enrichment activities of the church. 


Spout Springs Presbyterian Church 
Cameron, North Carolina 

According to records of more than a hundred years behind us, we find that two of our dedicated and courageous 
forefathers, Jack Redding and Ned McGregor were desirous of a place to worship God. Having deep feelings for their 
families and community, they combined their spiritual and physical strength with that of the families and friends 
and built our first church in the year of 1869. With constant repair, this church building stood for 97 years. 

In the year of 1962, under the leadership of Rev. Robert E. Stitt, pastor, and Elder Sippio Burton, Chairman of the 
Building Committee, being determined to make the past our heritage, the present our responsibility, the future our 
challenge, we began the task of building a new church which was dedicated June 26, 1966. 

Spout Springs Presbyterian Church is incorporated with Lillington First Presbyterian Church and Williams Chapel 
Presbyterian. Therefore, we have two pastoral Sundays each month and Church School every Sunday. Being able to 
work in union with two other churches has been a most successful project for our church and community. We have 
three choirs, United Presbyterian men, women and youth organizations. With 72 members and Rev. Clemon O. 
Williams, Pastor, our mission is designed to reach out and minister to persons of all ages, races and conditions. 


Church OfHcers 1986 


Wilbur Brower, 
Asst. Church School Supt. 

Sally Graves, Chairman 
U.P.W. & Bldg. Committee 

Jackson Brower, Chairman 

Rubin McCoy, Treasurer, 

Bobbie Gilchrist, 

Alice Brower, Chairman, 
Nominating Committee 

Joseph Washington, 
Deceased 6/21/86, Treasurer, 
Building Committee 

Annie Simpson, 
President, U.P.Y. 

Hazelene Cash, President, 
Usher Board 


Marie Wilkerson 

Juliette McCoy 

Alice Hamilton, President, 
Senior Choir 

Hulan Brower 

Janie White 

Algiareen Washington, 

Mavis Fleming 

Mary Arnold, Church School 
Supt. & Auditor 

Other Officers 

Pricilla Brower, 
Choir Chairman 

C. Baldwin, President, 
Birthday Club 

Rev. demon O. Williams, Pastor 
G. Myrtle Smith, Session Clerk 


Jerone Washington 

Mary Jones, Secretary 

Resa Brower, Mission 

Hazelene Cash 

Joseph Brower 

Odell Cameron 

G. Myrtle Smith, 
Session Clerk 

Ruby Washington, Treasurer, 
Church School 

Bertha Taliaferro 
Michell Williams 
Melissa Arnold 

Pastors: 1869-1986 

Rev. Rattleford 
Rev. Montgomery 
Rev. Johnson 
Rev. Harper 

Rev. Bess 
Rev. Moone 
Rev. Jamerson 
Rev. Peede 

Elders: 1869-1986 

Rev. Lewis 
Rev. Brown 
Rev. Stitt 
Rev. Williams 

Jack Redding 
Ned McGregor 
Willis McRae 
Harry Washington, Sr. 
A.A. Roan 

Harry Washington, Jr. 
Paul Washington 
Madison Brower 
Sippio Burton 
Eugene Brower 

Sherman Stewart 
G. Myrtle Smith 
Luther E. Smith 
Hulan Brower 
James Wilkerson 
Marie Wilkerson 
Jackson Brower 
Sally Graves 
Alfred Fuller 
Gertrude C. Stitt Bullock 


Spring Street Presbyterian Church 
Wake Forest, North Carolina 

Spring Street Presbyterian Church was first organized in the year 1905 with a small group of people assembled 
in the public school building, which was located on the southeast corner of Taylor and Juniper Streets. 

The building was later used for a dwelling house and was located on the lot now occupied by the town of Wake 
Forest's water tank. The Presbyterian Mission Board sent workers to aid in the organizing of the Church, which took 
place with five persons present. 

For the first six months, meetings were held in the old Bed Spring Factory located on White Street next to the 
Cotton Gin site. Sunday School was held each Sunday and church services were held on the fourth Sunday of each month. 

At the end of six months, this group, led by the late Mr. Nathaniel Mitchell and Mr. A.L. Young, received aid 
from the Board of Mission and raised sufficient funds to purchase a lot and construct a building to be used for Sunday 
School, Church service, and other activities. With an increase of 45 in membership, new organizations were formed, 
such as the Young People's Christian Endeavor Society, the Light Bearer's Society, and later Westminister Fellowship. 


As time passed the church developed and membership gradually grew. Many area ministers were sent from the 
National Board of Missions to render services; and even though they are deceased, their memory and contributions 
remain with the members of the church. As the years went by the church continued to grow and service improved. 
This led to the celebration of the cornerstone laying of a new church located on Spring Street, September 6, 1948, with 
the present pastor - the Rev. J. Enoch Kearney, and a membership of 51. As they continued to work in the church, 
upon its completion, they celebrated the church's 50th aimiversary on July 3, 1955. Other activities were held and 
other organizations were organized, namely the Women's Organization of Presbyterian Women, the Youth Fellowship 
Group, and others. 

Even though we are small in numbers, we have Church School, every Sunday morning at 10:00 A.M.; and Church 
Worship Service on the 2nd and 4th Sunday morning in each month and each 5th Sunday morning at 11 :00 A.M. 

Many of our church organizations are still active, and just as in the past, we send delegates to conferences and 
conventions. We have hosted Cape Fear Presbytery, the Young People's Youth Rally, and the Synod of Catawba. 

Today, our active organizations are the United Presbyterian Women (UPW), the Senior Usher Board, and a newly 
organized group of young adults known as YACA- Young Adult Christian Association. 

We wish to pay special thanks and tributes to those people and their families who worked and labored so faithfully 
and earnestly in organizing and building the Spring Street Presbyterian Church (USA), especially to the family of 
the late Mr. Allen L. Young, founder of the Church and school, and Mrs. S.B. Alston and Mrs. Duval Purefoy, the 
oldest living members of the church today. 

The Reverend J. Enoch Kearney, our minister, is a native North Carolinian. He was born in Franklinton, North 
Carolina and he did his high school work at Albion Academy, a Presbyterian-operated high school. His theological 
training was received in the Shaw University Divinity School and his M.A. was in History at North Carolina Central 
University. He has served several years as a teacher of chemistry, biology, and instrumental music in the public schools 
of North Carolina. In addition to serving as our pastor, he also serves the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Smithfield, NC. 

In the national church he is a member of the board of the Presbyterian Historical Society, the Presbyterian 
Panel, and a member of the Synod of the Piedmont Support Division. Reverend Kearney is a Mason, President of the 
Franklin County Branch of N.A.A.C.P., is a member of the House of Delegates of the North Carolina Council of 
Churches and the North Carolina Civil Liberties Union. He is also President of the Wake Forest Ministers Association 
and of the Concerned Citizens for Racial Justice. 

He is married to Mrs. Peggie Mizelle Kearney, a media specialist in the Vance County Schools, and is the father of 
four children; James Enoch, Jr., Helen Thabhani, Reginald Ivan, and Roderick Edison Kearney. 

The following ministers served the Spring Street Presbyterian Church: 

Rev. H.C. Mabry, Raleigh, NC 
Rev. J.W. Smith, Sr., Charlotte, NC 
Rev. G.W. Anderson, Danville, VA 
Rev. Dr. J. A. Savage, Franklinton, NC 

Rev. L.E. Fairly, Raleigh, NC 
Rev. H.S. Davis, Oxford, NC 
Rev. O.E. Saunders, Wilson, NC 
Rev. Robert Stitt, Henderson, NC 

Our present pastor is the Rev. James E. Kearney of Franklinton, North Carolina. 


Timothy Darling Presbyterian Church 
Oxford, North Carolina 


When George Clayton Shaw was a student at Auburn Theological Seminary, he had a dream of how he could 
become a leader among his people in the South. He shared this dream with his instructor. Dr. Timothy Darling, 
who arranged for him to meet Mrs. Mary Potter, special secretary of the Freedmen Board. Like Dr. Darling, 
Mrs. Potter was so impressed with this energetic student that she pledged financial aid so that George Shaw might 
preach in the South during the summer months of 1888. 

Mr. Shaw came South in May, 1888, to select a field. His Presbytery, Cape Fear, suggested that he go to the 
small mission already started in Wilson or to Oxford where there was no Negro Presbyterian Church. On his way to 
Wilson, he had an urge to visit Oxford, if only for a few hours. 

Mr. Shaw arrived in Oxford on Wednesday before the fourth Sunday in May. On Thursday, he made a survey 
of the town and learned that the population of the township of Oxford was about fifty-six percent Negro. 
Nevertheless, he retired that evening discouraged over the idea of establishing a Presbyterian Church in Oxford. 
But realizing that the population of colored was 17,479, his determination was renewed. On Friday, he went to 
talk to the white Presbyterian minister. 

The Rev. Willis directed Mr. Shaw to the only Negro Presbyterian in the community, a Mrs. Harriette Howell, 
who was a member of the white Church. Mr. Shaw visited Mrs. Howell and told her of his desire to organize a 
Presbyterian Church, but had become discouraged by the response of the people he had met on the streets. 

Mrs. Howell assured this young man that he could establish a Presbyterian Church by replying in these words: 
"Why, certainly, you can establish a Presbyterian Church here! That is why God sent you here. That is what I 
have been praying f or . You cannot go away ! " 


Fired with this ringing challenge, Mr. Shaw set out to find a place to hold service. He found an old dilapidated 
building; he knocked together a few seats, and spent the remainder of Saturday walking the streets, telling people 
that he would preach in the old school building on Sunday morning. Mrs. Howell notified all in her community. 
On Sunday morning, there were seventy-five people present. 

On the first Sunday in August, 1888, the church was established and was given the name Timothy Darling 
Presbyterian Church as a tribute to Dr. Darling. 

Mr. Shaw returned to Auburn to continue his studies. When he returned to Oxford the next summer, he 
found the church doors closed and the congregation scattered. Enemies and rivals of the new denomination had 
caused the building to be closed, and there was no place to worship. Mr. Shaw turned again to his friends, Dr. 
Darling and Mrs. Potter, and presented his plight. Immediately, they responded and sent a check for three 
hundred dollars with the message, "Buy a lot and build a church." 

Immediately, Mr. Shaw purchased a lot about two blocks from the center of the town and constructed a small 
building, which was the first Presbyterian Church for Negroes in Granville County. 

On May 7, 1890, George Shaw graduated from Auburn Theological Seminary. On May 14, he married Miss 
Mary E. Lewis, a school teacher from Penn Valley, Pa. They journeyed southward to build a pioneer work 
together on faith - a Negro Presbyterian Church and a school. 

In 1906, the church building was separated from the school. A corner lot two blocks from the school grounds 
was purchased, and a frame church was built. This frame building was later brick-veneered, and memorial windows 
were installed. It stands today in the same spot - the corner of McClanahan and Broad Streets - as a monument to 
Dr. Timothy Darling, Mrs. Mary Potter, Mrs. Harriette Howell, and to Dr. George Clayton Shaw, himself. 

Dr. Shaw served the church he founded until his death in 1936. Dr. H.S. Davis, a graduate of Johnson C, 
Smith Theological Seminary, who was the principal of the school and also the assistant to Dr. Shaw, was installed 
as pastor on April 14, 1937. He remained the pastor until July 30, 1956, when he retired because of failing health. 

Rev. Clarence E. Lennon, a graduate of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, was installed as pastor on 
May 19, 1957. He accepted a call to a church in Chicago, 111., and resigned as pastor on April 6, 1961 . Rev. William 
Walls, also a graduate of Johnson C. Smith, was installed as pastor on May 13, 1962. On December 1, 1969, he 
resigned to accept a call in Columbus, Ohio. On September 30, 1970, Rev. James A. Dickens, a graduate of 
Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Ga., was installed as pastor. He resigned on July 31, 1975, 
to accept a call in Statesville, North Carolina. Dr. Kay-Robert Volkwijn, a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological 
Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pa., and of McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, 111., was installed as pastor on 
June 6, 1976. On April 26, 1984, he resigned to accept a position with the Orange Presbytery. Presently, Timothy 
Darling is without a pastor. 

The mission of Timothy Darling is to communicate the Gospel - to convey the Good News that sin is forgiven, 
and that people have been reconciled to God by the atoning life and death of Jesus Christ, We accept Christ's call 
to share in the ministry in our worship, our evangelism, our stewardship, and our educational ministry. It is 
our responsibility to encourage all members, including our youth, to become personally involved in worship 
by taking part in the common life and worship of the church; to encourage all members to realize that evangehsm 
is the responsibility of all and should be done through individual witnessing as well as corporate. It is our 
responsibility to see that all are involved in community and world services - administering to the poor, the aged, 
the hungry, and the sick and shut-in. It is our responsibility to help members realize the true meaning of stewardship, 
so that we may use our talents, our time, and our possessions to give God glory and to help people over the world develop 
physically and spiritually: thus, we will support our local mission and the general mission of our church, the 
Presbyterian Church (USA). 


The Townsville United Presbyterian Church 
Townsville, North Carohna 

One of the units composing the extended Cotton Memorial parish was the Townsville United Presbyterian Church, 
located in the village of Townsville about 14 miles north of Henderson on North Carolina Highway 39. 

Organized by the late Dr. John Adam Cotton in 1904, the original congregation consisted of between 25 and 30 
members belonging to the Brame, Taylor and Sneed families. Mr. Grandison Samson Taylor and Mr. David Brame 
were the first ordained ruling elders. 

The first regular minister was the Rev. Mr. Tartar who served several years until injuries sustained in a highway 
accident forced him to retire. He was succeeded by the Rev. James E. James, a member of the Henderson Institute 
faculty, who served until his death in 1929 or 1930. The Rev. W.H. Barnes, another Institute faculty member, then 
served the Townsville congregation for seven years, being succeeded in 1936 by the Rev. John R. Dungee of the 
Institute faculty who served until April, 1942 when he entered the United States Army as chaplain and was succeeded 
by the Rev. St. Paul Epps. After the end of World War II, Rev. Dungee was called back to the Henderson-Townsville 
parish and served the parish until his retirement in December of 1968. 

A highly valued service rendered by the Townsville U.P. Church to the people of its community was the Vacation 
Bible School initiated by the Rev. Dungee in 1937 simultaneously with the one in the Henderson U.P. Church and 
enrolling pupils from kindergarten age through senior adulthood. The daily schedule included morning devotions, 
Bible study, singing, handicraft, recreation and refreshments served during intermission. Among the early teachers were: 
Elder and Mrs. W.E. Williams, Mr. Philip Lewis, Mrs. H.L. Taylor, Sr., Miss Elizabeth Brame, (now Mrs. E.B. 
Bullock), and Mrs. A.E. Dungee. 

In the summers of 1946-47 the Vacation Bible Schools at Townsville and Henderson were conducted by Miss 
Mary Conley, teacher of Bible at Henderson Institute. Upon her transfer to the Alabama mission field, she was 
succceeded by Miss Eva Thomas on the Institute faculty and as conductor of the two Vacation Bible Schools. Miss 
Thomas, then a ruling elder of the Cotton Memorial congregation, rendered untiring service as director of Vacation 
Bible Schools until the official merger of the Townsville and Henderson congregations in 1963, constituting the present 
Cotton Memorial United Presbyterian Church. 

Cotton Memorial Church now includes former members of the Townsville congregation from the Brame, Sneed, 
Taylor, Hatton, and Hanks families. 


Trinity Presbyterian Church History 
Smithfield, North Carolina 

Sunday, May 6, 1923, the Cape Fear Presbytery appointed Committee - Dr. D.C. Dillard, Rev. A.H. George and 
Elder J.W. Parker - met in the YMCA hall with 26 members of the Smithfield Mission and organized it into a Church. 
This meeting opened with a Worship Service. The order of business - election, ordination, installation of elders, Mr. 
James Allen and Mr. John Bunn, and deacons, Mr. A.D. Avery, Mr. Leo Smith and Mr. Richmond Smith, and 
named the church Trinity Presbyterian Church. 

Rev. J.B. Harper served as the first of twelve stated supply ministers. Eight served plus their regular pastoral 
commitments. Rev. O.C. Harris and Rev. R.E. Stitt were the only pastors who lived on the field. Rev. Stokes and 
Rev. O.C. Sanders were the two retired ministers to serve. Rev. J. Enoch Kearney, the present moderator, came in 1979, 
and serves this church and Spring Street Presbyterian Church, Wake Forest, North Carolina. 

A vacant building owned by Mr. J.H. and Mrs. Odell Jones was used as a church. June 1924, the Jones property was 
deeded to the Church's trustees - James Allen, D.J. Avery, Leo Smith and Richmond Smith for $10.00. The deacons 
were authorized to purchase 10 shares in the Smithfield Building Loan. In 1939, Trinity bought the old Catholic 
Church building for $200.00 and moved it to its own property. This edifice was the sanctuary and the original 
building became the Parish House for recreation and youth programs. August 13, 1941, a Certificate of Incorporation 
was filed by Secretary of State Thad Eure in the Register of Deed's Office, Book 6, Page 465. In 1966, the sanctuary, 
with all contents, was destroyed by fire, but services were again held in the Parish House. With a loan of $9,000.00 and 
sale of the present site, the new edifice was dedicated May 30, 1971 , while Rev. O.E. Sanders was the minister. 


Trinity is proud of having one member whose grandparent and parent were charter members, to become an active 
Presbyterian minister who graduated from Johnson C. Smith University, was licensed, ordained and installed by Cape 
Fear Presbytery. 

A charter member - Mrs. Sallie Smith Steven's home was destroyed by fire, so she, her husband and four children 
lived in the Parish House until their new home was built. 

Mrs. Geneva L. Bunn is the only deceased member who willed her home to the Retired Presbyterian Ministers 
who let Cape Fear Presbytery have it. They sold the property for $9,000.00 and gave Trinity $86.87 to finish paying off 
the note. 

In 1982, Trinity began its 5 year Outreach and Evangelism Program to build up the communicant, stewardship, and 
spiritual life. Mr. Charles W. Strode is the project manager. Aid has been received from the Synod. A van is being 
purchased. Increased church school membership. Vacation Bible School and special classes in August are held. 
Transportation for church school and worship services is provided. 

With Rev. Kearney, moderator and Mr. Charles E. Whitakers, clerk and elders, Mrs. Ruby Sanders, Mrs. Bettina 
Wilson, Mr. Roland Stevens, Mr. Charles Strode, Mrs. Doris Strode, Mr. Theodore Vines, Mr. Lawrence Williams and 
Music Director Mrs. Doris Strode and the 15 active members giving their sacrificial financial effort and volunteer 
services are trying to meet the 1987 goal - OUTREACH and EVANGELISM. 


White Rock Presbyterian Church 
Kinston, North Carolina 


White Rock Presbyterian Church was organized November 22, 1899. The church has the distinction of having 
of having originated as a Sunday school. The church grew from the Sunday School that Sam H. Vick, a Presbyterian 
Sunday School Missionary of Wilson, North Carolina established in May 1898 at the home of Mrs. L.C. Phillips 
who lived on Heritage Street. As the Sunday School began to grow, the meeting place was moved to a building on 
West North Street. 

Growth of the church continued as the group felt there was a need for a larger building. On November 22, 1899, 
representatives of the Cape Fear Presbytery came to Kinston and organized White Rock Presbyterian Church with 
Rev. J.H. Sampson as the first pastor. 

The new church began regular service in the Good Samaritan Hall on North Independent Street. Worship was held 
there until the current building was purchased from a white congregation of First Baptist Church. 

This building, the present White Rock Church, is the oldest church structure in Kinston. It was built in 1858 on 
the corner of Bright and McLewean Streets. In 1891, it was moved to the corner of McLewean and Gordon Streets. 
Then in 1900, the church was sold to the White Rock congregation and moved a second time to the corner of Thompson 
and Tiffany Streets, once known as Dennis and Thompson Streets. 


The church is a wooden structure, painted white and has always been painted white. It was built in the early 
America Colonial Tradition with a steeple that was damaged by the weather and time. The base of the steeple remains 
intact, but the spire was discarded because of damage and old age. Inside the steeple is a bell which is still in operation. 
The original roof was replaced because of leakage. 

Some renovations have been made, such as changing the porch from wood to cement, addition of two columns, 
and arranging the porch to include two restrooms. 

On the inside of the church are the original pews with new coverings for beauty and comfort. The windows have 
their original shape with new window panes. Carpet has been placed over the original floors. New lighting fixtures 
have replaced the original ones. The doors and railings are also the original, but the cabinets were replaced with new ones. 

On August 5, 1977, the Board of Trustees of White Rock purchased a house and lot adjacent to the church on 
Thompson Street to be used for Sunday School classes and other church activities. 

Services are held each Sunday and special events - Human Relation's Week, Men's Day, Women's Day, Vacation 
Bible School, Young People's Day, and Youth Day are celebrated throughout the year. 

The following have served as pastors of White Rock: 

Rev. J.H. Sampson 1899-1906 

Rev. R.L. Fairley 1906-1911 

Rev. J.H. Sampson 1911-1915 

Rev. R.F. Jamerson 1915-1916 

Rev. W.D. Burgess 1916-1919 

Rev. J.B. Harper 1919-1922 

Rev. J.H. Sampson 1922-1929 

Rev. R.N. Cowan 1929-1932 

Rev. M.S. Branch 1932-1945 

Rev. O.E. Sanders 1945-1965 

Rev. Eugene James 1965-1968 

Rev. Arthur Taylor 1969-1972 

♦Rev. Donaldson Woods 1972-1976 

Rev. Hubert Reaves, Jr 1976-1981 

The pulpit has been vacant since November 1981. Dr. St. Paul Epps was assigned as Moderator of the church by 
Cape Fear Presbytery. 

* Rev. Donaldson Woods was a white minister who came to Kinston as a teacher at Lenoir Community College. 
He became affihated with White Rock upon his arrival and later served as pastor. 


The History of 
Wilson Chapel Presbyterian Church 
Route 2, Maxton, North Carolina 

In the year 1879 the Presbyterian missionaries from the north came south to Centre Presbyterian Church in Maxton, 
N.C. Centre had a total of 487 members, 139 were Black. The missionaries decided that the Blacks would never learn to 
guide and direct their own Christian lives as long as they remained in churches controlled by whites. Therefore, 
Centre Church donated $500.00 to help buy a lot and build a church building for the Black members. The church was 

Most of the first members were from the Floral College Community located north of Maxton. They were the 
Blue, Campbell, Gilchrist, Johnson, Leake, McEachin, Mcintosh, McNeill, Murphy, Paige and Watson family ancestors. 

The first known elders and officers were Wesley Campbell, Annie E. Gaines, Angus McEachin, Paisley 
McEachin, Wesley McNeill, John Murphy and Nelson Purcell. Mrs. Maggie Paige was the first known pianist. 

Some of the pioneer ministers who worked and fostered the growth of the church were Reverend J.J. Wilson, 
Reverend Fairley, Reverend Mabry, Reverend Ward, Reverend Williamson, Reverend Scriven and Doctor C.C. Thomas. 

Wilson Chapel is the oldest existing Black Presbyterian church in Maxton, and is also the mother-church to 
Dothan Presbyterian Church in Maxton. 

In July 1985 Reverend Charles Ray Conley began serving the church. He is president of Robeson County Family 
Planning Advisory Council, a member of the Robeson County Church and Community Center and Robeson County 
Committee on Domestic Violence. 

The Elders are: Eddie Davis, Annie E. Barnes, Henry B. Johnson, Grady Johnson, Willie McEachin, Ola 
McBryde and Carrie L. Leake. The Deacons are Martin Gilchrist, Andrew Mc Eachin, Mary L. Johnson and 
Carrie J. Monroe. The church organizations are the Adult Choir and the Men's Organization. 

Ours is a great heritage handed down through the labors and sacrifices of many faithful Christians. Let us, in the 
Power of God's Spirit accept the privileges and responsibilities that are ours in this new day. 

Churches Which Submitted No Histories: 

Freedom East Presbyterian Church 
Raeford, North Carolina 

Lillington First Presbyterian Church 
LilHngton, North Carolina 

Williams Chapel Presbyterian Church 
Broadway, North Carolina 


About Our Speaker 

The Interdenominational Ttieological Center 

James Hutten Costen is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. He attended elementary and high school there and went 
on to earn the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Divinity degrees from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, 
North Carolina. He received the Master of Theology degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake 
Forest, North Carolina. Costen holds six honorary degrees: the Doctor of Divinity from Johnson C. Smith University 
and Missouri Valley College; the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Stillman College, the Doctor of Divinity degree 
from Huron College, and the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Barber-Scotia College and Tusculum College. 

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), his ministry began in Rocky Mount, North Carolina 
where he was pastor of the Mount Pisgah Presbyterian Church from 1956-1965. Dr. Costen then moved to Atlanta to 
become the organizing pastor of the Presbyterian Church of the Master. Under his leadership, the congregation grew to 
an interracial membership of almost 200 during his five year tenure. 

Johnson C. Smith Seminary, the theological extension of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North 
Carolina, moved to Atlanta in 1969 to become a constituent member of the Interdenominational Theological Center. 
James Costen was called to be its first Dean, a position he held for 14 years. 

Dr. Costen has served the Presbyterian Church in many capacities, among which are chairperson of the General 
Assembly Permanent Nominations Committee, chairperson of the Southeastern Regional Council, chairperson of the 
Minority Task Force on Reunion and Vice Moderator of the General Assembly Council and member of the Council 
of Theological Seminaries. He has served as Moderator of the Cape Fear and Georgia Presbyteries and the Catawba 
Synod. In 1982, he became moderator of the 194th General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church, the 
denomination's highest elective position. It was during this time that the denomination merged with the Southern 
Presbyterian branch to form the reunited Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Costen traveled worldwide as the primary 
interpreter of the denomination's life and work. He was the fourth Black to be elected to this position in the United 
Presbyterian Church. 


Ciurently, Dr. Costen serves the church through his membership on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation, 
the Design Team for Black Presbyterians United, the Transitional Team for Design of Synod Boundaries, the 
committee on Theological Institutions, the committee on Theological Education, Editor-at-Large for the Editorial 
Advisory Committe of Presbyterians United for Biblical Concerns and the Georgia Presbytery. 

His many local civic memberships include Leadership Atlanta, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, the 
Holocaust, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Business Development Committee, and the Administrative Council of 
the Atlanta University Center. He also serves on the boards of the Atlanta Urban Training Organization, the National 
Conference of Christians and Jews, and the Christian Council of Metropolitan Atlanta. 

Nationally, Dr. Costen serves on the Board of Trustees for the Fund for Theological Education and the United 
Negro College Fund. He is a member of the Black Theology Project, the Executive Committee of the Atlanta 
Theological Association, the Black/Jewish Coalition, the Visiting Committee for the Yale University Divinity School, 
and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. 

Dr. Costen is the author of several articles and has given numerous speeches on the subject of Black Presbyterianism, 
ministry to the laity, and Christian community involvement. Notable among them are: 

"Business and Religion in the Age of Robotics" , 
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1985. 

' The Black Presbyterian Church and Its Rural Ministry' ' , 
Princeton Seminary Bulletin, Volume V, Number 1, 1984. 

"Black Theological Education: Its Context, Content and Conduct", 
Inaugural Address, Interdenominational Theological Center, 1984. 

"Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Theology and Contribution to Ethnic Pride", 
January, 1986, Richmond, Virginia. 

' 'The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit" , 
Series of lectures at Saint Paul Theological College, Limuru, Kenya East Africa, 1974. 

"Black Presbyterianism: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow", 
Black Advisory Committee Celebration of the Southern California Synod, UPCUSA, January, 1976. 

"What Does It Mean To Take Christ Seriously Today?", 
Evangelism Now Series, pubHshed by Division of Evangelism, United Presbyterian Church. 

Dr. James H. Costen became the fifth president of the Interdenominational Theological Center in December, 1983, 
and considers his appointment and the subsequent progress of the institution, one of his greatest achievements. Other 
major accompHshments include being the Founder and Ch2drman of the Board for the Harbison Development 
Corporation, a planned HUD Title VII new town near Columbia, South Carolina. 

He has received many awards and citations for his professional and civic achievements. They include the Omega 
Psi Phi Fraternity Man of the Year Award for 1962, in Rocky Mount, North CaroHna; the Butler Street YMCA, 
Omega Chapter Y's Men's Club Young Man of the Year in Religion for 1966 in Atlanta, Georgia; National 
Conference of Christians and Jews Certificate of Recognition in 1967 for work in organizing Southwest Atlantans 
for Progress (SWAP), the Frontiersman Man of the Year for 1984, and the Disfinguished Alumnus Award for 1985 
from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Dr. Costen's fraternal affiliations include Alpha Phi Alpha, Incorporated; Kappa Boule, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, 
Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and Theta Phi National Religious Honor Society. 

Dr. Costen is married to Dr. Melva Wilson Costen, Nielsen Associate Professor of Music and Worship at ITC. 
The Costens have three children and four grandchildren. 


The Presbytery Of Cape Fear 
October 12, 1986 


Organist, Cotton Memorial Church 

INTROIT "Bless His Holy Name" Andrae Crouch 

PROCESSIONAL HYMN "Come Christians, Join and Sing" Harmonized by 

David Evans 

CALL TO WORSHIP Mrs. Ruth Brewer, Moderator 

Cape Fear Presbytery 

INVOCATION President of the Youth 



OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Mr. Luther Baldwin, President 

Men's Council 

MUSIC "Lift Every Voice and Sing" Johnson 

READING FROM THE EPISTLES Mrs. Henrietta Clark, President 

Cape Fear Presbyterial 

ANTHEM "My Tribute" Andrae Crouch 


INTRODUCTION OF THE MINISTER Rev. Harry Miller, Stated Clerk 

Cape Fear Presbytery 

SERMON Dr. James H. Costen, President 

Interdenominational Theological 
Center, Atlanta, Georgia 

CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL HYMN "We've Come This Far By Faith" Albert Goodson 

AFFIRMATION LITANY Rev. Eddie Deas, III, Pastor 

Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church 

THE OFFERING Rev. Antonio Lawrence 







Rev. Arnold Walker, Jr., Pastor 
Bethany Presbyterian Church 


Leader reads bold print. 



For giving this Presbytery birth one hundred years ago; 

For sending early leaders, prepared and ready, to journey far and wide, 
on horseback and wagon, to evangelize the lost, least and lone; 

For drawing former slaves together into churches and into a Presbytery 
of their own to do Christian work; 

For stirring men and women across the years to give wholeheartedly of 
themselves to keep alive the mission of your Church; 

For raising generations of peoples of all walks of life with the Christian 
upbringing of this Presbytery who practice Christianity in their daily affairs; 

For all these glorious blessings we thank you this day, O Lord. 


Make us equal to the challenge. 

Keep ever before us the bright examples of faith and courage from our past, 
and the unrelenting struggle of our forebearers against injustice. 

Call forth church leaders who can enable churches to become 

more faithful in their mission. Awaken our churches to the untapped potential 

for renewal, development and outreach to the world. 

Take our gifts, many of which have been forged in the fires of oppression and 
use them mightily: Gifts of compassion, endurance, creativity, empathy, laughter 
and joy. 

Pour out your Spirit upon us afresh, so we will dream dreams and see visions, 
and dare to do great things for you, things needed to draw the world into a 
divine harmony, to the glory of your holy name. Amen. 



"God of the Ages" 

Traditional Gaelic Melody 


Dr. James H. Costen 


"The Lord Bless You and Keep You" 


Ms. Daria M. Holcomb 


The Elm City Racial Incident and the Ku Klux Klan 
June 1964 

Initially the work project of Elm City, North Carolina was a contract between the Elm City First Presbyterian 
Church, approved by Cape Fear Presbytery, the United Presbyterian Board of National Missions Youth Program 
Department, and the Mount Lebanon United Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Elm City Church, 
not having been painted for twenty years, had requested help from Mount Lebanon. Under the guidance of Reverend 
James Costen, pastor of Mount Pisgah Presbyterian Church, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, the Elm City Church 
was to be painted by the youth of Mount Lebanon and a Vacation Church School was to be conducted. 

To insure the success of this venture, three months of interpretation were given the project. Much effort was made 
in Elm City interpreting to the White clergy and the mayor the purpose of this churchly venture. It was the hope that 
the three months period could be used properly in gaining tacit understanding, if not full appreciation and support of 
the intentions of this project. Commitment was gained from two white churches in Elm City to have youth of their 
churches join the Mount Lebanon group from Pittsburgh. These commitments were not fulfilled. 

Thus, despite the care taken to educate the community, when the Mount Lebanon group arrived from Pittsburgh 
and began painting the church with a group of Negro youth and adults, a group of Whites in cars circled the project on 
Wednesday, June 17, 1964, to see what was actually going on. They found what they expected, Negroes and Whites 
working harmoniously together to do a job that needed to be done. 

The Honorable Mayor George E. Tyson of Elm City had been given advance notice of the group's arrival and had 
been invited. He had agreed to appear, but failed to do so. On the night of June 17, 1964, the Ku Klux Klan, led by 
Robert Jones, North Carolina Grand Dragon, amassed about two hundred Klansmen before the home in which the 
group was meeting. The Grand Dragon, insulting the girls, ordered them and their chaperones out of town by noon 
the next day, June 18, 1964. The group was young and unaccustomed to Southern ways so they left. In a strictly legal 
and political sense the Klan challenged the right of the Presbyterian Church to continue its concern for its total Mission 
of caring for all people. 

To counter this challenge, the Mayor of Elm City, the Governor of North Carolina, the FBI, and Officials of the 
National United Presbyterian Church were notified. As a result, the Synod of Catawba instructed its Executive, Elo 
L. Henderson, to select an integrated group of persons to go to Elm City and paint the church. Twelve painters were 
chosen. Six of the painters came from the states of Pennsylvania and New York, and the other six from the Catawba 
Synod. It was amazing to note that those who came to paint the church came prepared to die for the cause. Governor 
Terry Sanford of North Carolina sent National Guard protection and the church was painted! 


The Townsville Presbyterian School 
Townsville, North Carolina 

An invaluable service of the Townsville Church to its surrounding community was rendered through an affiliated 
mission elementary school established soon after the church was organized and headed by Mrs. Bettie Taylor Groves, a 
consecrated daughter of Elder Grandison Taylor and sister of Elder Herbert L. Taylor, Sr. Among the early teachers 
assisting Mrs. Groves were Mrs. Adelaide R. Bullock and Mrs. Mamie R. Rogers, long time senior members of the 
Cotton Memorial congregation. 

Mrs. Groves and Mrs. Bullock transferred to parishes in Wilcox County, Alabama and the late Elder W.E. Williams 
served the enlarged elementary school adjacent to the church for many years until it was taken over for operation by the 
state. The school was eventually merged with two other rural schools into the present New Hope Elementary School 
located on NC Highway 39 between Townsville and Williamsboro. 


Some years ago, in the north-eastern part of North Carolina, there lived, four miles from any school, a family with 
ten children. Sixteen miles distant, at Henderson, North Carolina was a mission school, Henderson Normal Institute. 
To this mission school, the parents of this family sent one of their little girls. 

Her clothes were few. Aside from what she wore, a blue checked calico dress, a brown checked homespun and a 
few undergarments made up her wardrobe. 

This little girl spent eight years in this mission school and did not miss one ringing of the bell for the girls except when 
she was visited by the chicken-pox. In these eight years she did all the work she could get to do - she washed dishes, 
waited on table, carried coal, made fires, kept the prayer rooms and the sewing rooms, cleaned the teachers' rooms, 
polished stoves - to pay her way through school. 

Day by day, the Christian teaching, the morning and evening devotion, the daily use of the Psalms, the regular 
call to church. Sabbath School and prayer meeting, changed this little girl through and through. She graduated an 
earnest Christian and a strong United Presbyterian. 

After her graduation, she went back to her home without money and without any promise of money - to start a 
mission school at her home like the one she had attended. She organized a Sabbath School in the little public school 
house and a sewing circle in a friend's home. These kept up regularly until she was put out of the school house and 
told she could not hold her United Presbyterian meedngs there any longer. 

The snow was deep the day she moved. But she and her brother got her fourteen Bible Songs, her seven Bibles 
and her lamp - which was all she had - and took them up the road to a little log-cabin with a little stick chimney. This 
was to be her meeting place till she could do better. A barrel crate served as a table on which she placed her Bibles and 
Bible Song books. These she covered with a cracker box through the week to keep the rats from eating them. And here 
she worked and prayed. 

Her father gave her the trees from some land he was clearing for his farm. She had these cut down, hauled to the 
saw mill, and the lumber put on the ground where the little cabin stood. 

Then she wrote to the Board of Freedmen's Missions in Pittsburgh asking if it would pay a carpenter to build a house 
so that she could do better work - but no reply. Dr. Witherspoon, Secretary of the Freedmen's Board, visited her, but 
made no promise. When he was leaving he said, "Keep the fire burning at Townsville." This she did, for it was never 
too hot nor too cold to hold the meetings in that little log cabin. Finally, she hired a carpenter to do the work for $75.00 
and promised him that when he wanted his money he would get it. And the dear Lord sent it to her just in time to pay 
him when the work was finished. 


The Freedmen's Board gave her a salary of $10.00 a month. She opened a school in the new building and the work 
prospered. She prayed for a school building - the Lord gave it. She prayed for a Teachers' home - and behold! He 
gave it. This little girl ceased not working and praying until her mother and father, her brothers and sisters were 
all faithful Christians and members of the United Presbyterian Church. There was a congregation of over fifty 
members; a growing Sabbath School and over two hundred pupils in the day school; a live Temperance society; a 
Women's Missionary Society of all the women in the congregation; a Junior society and a Young People's Christian 
Union - all faithful in the work. 

God used that little girl. Can He use you? 

Reprinted from: 

Women's General Missionary Society 
of the United Presbyterian Church 
of North America, Pittsburgh, P. A. 

Albion Academy 
Franklinton, North Carolina 

According to the General Assembly minutes of 1865, persons were sent to do mission work in the South to "organize 
churches and schools in areas where the freed Negroes were concentrated and where it appeared that they would buy 
homes". Usually the Church and parochial schools were organized together. Many of these schools never grew beyond 
the level of the elementary schools. The minutes of the General Assembly of 1879 reflected the existance of seventy-eight 
schools. Four became strong high schools. Those were Mary Potter, Redstone Academy, Wake Forest Normal and 
Industrial School, and Albion Academy. 

Of the Presbyterian Schools of wide influence, Albion was the most progressive. 

Dr. Moses Aaron Hopkins was the founder of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church and Albion Academy. He labored 
untiringly until Albion Academy was established. Two acres of land were purchased at 124 East College Street (Frontside) 
on which to build the school; and with the help, contributions, and volunteered labor of loyal church members, a large 
administration building, a shop, and a dormitory for girls were erected. 

Dr. John A. Savage, successor to Dr. Hopkins, continued as administrator of Albion Academy for forty years. He 
increased the acreage of land from two to sixty acres and finally developed a school with ten buildings, four of them 
brick, that had the appearance of a college campus and the atmosphere of an institution of higher learning. By 1905, 
Albion Academy was a State Normal School and maintained a teacher-training program until 1931. Many teachers 
from many sections of the State received their first certificate to teach from this school. In addition to teachers, 
Albion produced carpenters, brick and stone masons, doctors, ministers, and a host of good citizens. The first Negro 
airplane pilot was a graduate of Albion Academy in the Presbyterial Archives in Philadelphia. 

Albion Academy was finally phased out and the campus, with its improvements, sold. As a result of remaining 
endowments, the school was merged with Mary Potter and Redstone at Oxford, North Carolina under the name: 


History of Henderson Institute 
Henderson, North Carolina 

On September 7, 1891, Henderson Normal and Industrial Institute was established on the northern outskirts of 
the town of Henderson by the Board of Missions for Freedmen of the United Presbyterian Church of North America, 
with the Rev. J.M. Fulton as principal. 

The Rev. Mr. Fulton resigned the principalship of Henderson Institute in 1893 and was succeeded by the Rev. 
C.L. McCraken. Dr. McCraken died that same year and was succeeded by the Rev. F.W. Woodfin as pastor of the 
church and by the Rev. Albert N. Porter as principal of Henderson Normal and Industrial Institute. The Rev. Woodfin 
served about two years, and the Rev. Mr. Porter served only one year, being succeeded in 1889 by the Rev. D.A.W. 
Johnson who also served for only one year. 

In 1900 the Rev. J.L. Cook was transferred from Athens, Tennessee to Henderson, as both pastor and principal. 
The Rev. Cook died on July 6, 1903 and was succeeded on August 18 of the same year by Dr. John Adam Cotton 
as pastor and principal. Prof. J.W.O. Garrett having had the work in charge during the interim. The school grew and 
brought in boarding students from many states. 

The boys' dormitory with the industrial shops located in its basement was destroyed by fire in 1923. Because of this 
loss industriail courses for boys were terminated. The girls' dormitory having been also destroyed by fire, had been 
replaced in 1914 by Fulton Hall which continued to serve as a girls' dormitory, dining hall, domestic science and 
home economics department facility while the Institute remained under Church control. 


In 1922, in recognition of its high academic standard, Henderson Institute was accredited by the North Carolina 
Department of Education as an "A" Grade high school. During the next ten years the elementary grades were ail 
dropped so that in 1932 only high school graduates were enrolled. In that year the Institute was placed on the accredited 
list of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools where it remained until 1936 when it was dropped 
because, having come under state operation, it failed to operate the minimum of 175 days per term required by the 
Southern Association. 

During the school year 1931-32 the class room building was destroyed by fire. Because surrounding counties which 
had been furnishing most of the Institute boarding students, had begun to establish their own high schools for Colored 
students and bus transportation was being provided for rural students, thus eliminating the need for a boarding 
department. The Board of American Missions entered into an agreement with Vance County School Board whereby 
the county Board would be given two acres of land and the insurance from the burned building if it would replace the 
building and take over responsibility for Colored high school education. The academic work of the Institute thus came 
under the control of the state instead of the United Presbyterian Church. In 1935, the State, having assumed responsibility 
for operating all public elementary and high schools, reduced the school term to eight months. 

Building upon the foundation laid with much loving sacrifice by his consecrated predecessors. Dr. Cotton and his 
queenly wife, Mrs. Maud Brooks Cotton, labored here from 1903 until 1940 in which year Dr. Cotton was appointed 
acting president of Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tennessee. Under his administration Henderson Institute, despite the 
handicap of three disastrous fires, developed from an intermediate and primary school to an "A-1" accredited high 
school, including in its program, departments of manual training: printing, broom making, domestic science, dress 
making and teacher training. 

In 1940, Dr. Cotton having been appointed acting president of Knoxville College was succeeded as superintendent 
of the Institute by Mr. O.T. Robinson, a graduate of Knoxville College who had joined the faculty as a teacher in 1924 
and who in 1934 had assumed the duties of principal under Dr. Cotton who remained in charge of general supervision 
and finance. Mr. Robinson, a very able educator and administrator, remained at the head of the Institute until 1947 
when he resigned and was succeeded as principal by the late Mr. L.E. Spencer, husband of Elder Alma D. Spencer. 

Mr. L.E. Spencer served as principal of Henderson Institute from 1947 until his retirement in 1969. In 1969, Mr. 
Clarence V. Knight, a graduate of Henderson Institute with an A.B. Degree from Hampton Institute and a Masters of 
Education Degree from Pennsylvania State University took over the helms as principal of Henderson Institute. Mr. 
Knight was principal of Henderson Institute when school integration took place. He served one year as principal of 
the all-Black High School, and three years as principal of the integrated Junior High School. 

After integration the former high school was annexed to the nearby Eaton Johnson Elementary, and the combined 
facilities took the name of Eaton Johnson Junior High School. All of the former Henderson Institute buildings have 
been torn down except the former Library-Science Building. This building was deeded to Henderson Institute Alumni 
and Former Students Association. The Alumni Associafion has completely restored this building and it is now being 
used as a cultural center where the association and other groups meet. In the future the ground floor wall be a museum 
where achievements of Blacks in various fields such as education, science, agriculture, the military, the arts and other 
professions will be displayed and maintained. 


History Of Mary Potter School 
Oxford, North Carolina 


Mary Potter school was an outgrowth of Timothy Darling Presbyterian Church. Dr. George Clayton Shaw, whose 
desire was to start a school to educate his people, was encouraged by many requests from members of the church. On 
the second Sunday in September, 1889, a parochial school was stairted in the church. At the end of the school year, 1890, 
there were twenty-nine pupils. In September of 1890 the school was reopened with Mrs. Mary Shaw, wife of Dr. Shaw, 
in charge, and a second teacher was hired to help with the growing number of pupils who ranged from age five to 

The year, 1892, marked the beginning of a small boarding department. When numerous requests from rural sections 
of the county were made for boarding accomodation, Dr. Shaw appealed to Mrs. Mary Potter for help to relieve 
overcrowded conditions. He received $2,000.00 for improvement of the small church building already in use. He 
added a three-story structure to the church with two classrooms on the first floor, an assembly hall on the second 
floor, and living quarters for boys on the third floor. In the same year, the school was named Mary Potter School. 

With a growing enrollment, the teaching force was increased to five, and the first graduation exercises were held in 
May, 1898, when three young people received preparatory diplomas. Before then, several students who were taught 
by Dr. Shaw were accepted at Lincoln University. 

The first eleven years of the school's history were difficult, but in the new century, there followed a period of 
enlargement of physical equipment due to northern philantrophy. Additional land was purchased and other buildings 
were erected. 


The second building which was erected in 1901, was a three-story frame structure enclosing a dining-room, a kitchen, 
a girl's parlor, and housing space for girls. The first building on the campus was enlarged in 1904 to give additional 
space for boys, and in 1907, an addition to the small church was made to house thirty boys. Dr. Shaw was also able to 
purchase two cottages across the street from the church to house women teachers and girls. When the church was 
moved from the school grounds in 1906, the original building was converted into a chapel and classroom. 

Through the influence of Miss Helen Wells, secretary of the New York Synodical Society, Dr. Shaw received 
$10,000.00 to build a large four-floor dormitory which housed the home economics department, the school kitchen and 
a dining-room on the basement floor. The teacher's parlor was on the second floor, and there were living quarters 
for girls on the second, third, and fourth floors. 

There was a sharp increase in the number of students, and Dr. Shaw needed the classroom building for boys. He 
appealed to the Board for an administration building. In 1913, he received $10,000.00. With $9,100.00 he built the 
administration building, and with $900.00, he changed the old recitation building into a boy's dormitory. This 
building was destroyed by fire in 1925. The Presbytery of Pittsburgh contributed $50,000.00 for a new dormitory for 
boys, and Pittsburgh Hall became the pride of the campus. 

In 1925, Dr. Shaw sold the school farm and built a brick manual training shop with the money he received from 
the sale. 

The last building for the school was a brick gymnasium which was built through the efforts of students, faculty, 
alumni and Mrs. Mary E. Shaw. It was completed in 1929 and was named Mary E. Shaw Gymnasium in honor of Mrs. Shaw. 

Money was granted in 1929 by the board for the renovation of Wells Hall, but the depression came and this could 
not be done. In 1935, Dr. H.S. Davis, who was then the principal, was instrumental in seeing that a new wing was 
added to Wells Hall. 

Subjects taught at Mary Potter in 1910 included: Bible, geometry, English literature, composition and essays, Latin, 
Greek, theory and practice teaching, industrial shop or domestic science. Throughout the years the caliber of teaching 
was reflected in the accreditation of the school by the state in 1922 and with the affiliation with the Southern Association 
of Colleges and Schools in 1934. In fact, J.F. Webb High School (the integrated school in the city) was initially accredited 
by the regional association when the students from Mary Potter were transferred there. 

The boarding department of Mary Potter School was closed in the spring of 1953, and the property was sold to the 
Board of Education of the city. In 1970, the school became a middle school for all students - black and white. Even 
though great changes have been made, Mary Pottei will remain alive through those faithful alumni who have dedicated 
themselves to the task of keeping the spirit and the tradition of the school alive for many many years to come. 


The History Of 
Redstone Academy 
Lumberton, North Carolina 

1903 - 1933 Redstone Academy 
1934 - 1949 Redstone High School 

Redstone Academy traces its beginnings as a small parochial Presbyterian school established in Lumberton, North 
Carolina in 1903 by the Board of Missions for Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. The school, founded under 
the leadership of the Reverend John H. Hayswood, Pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church, was located on Carthage 
Road. This school was first called "Bethany" after the name of the local church. Rev. Hayswood and his wife, Mrs. 
Mattie Johnson Hayswood had seen the desperate need for Christian educational training for Black children in the area 
and began the school. 

Material beginnings of the school were extremely meager. There were only a few seats, blackboards of planks, a 
wood-burning stove, and an outside toilet. 

During the first year of operation, there was an enrollment of 45 students in grades one through seven. Boys and 
girls were instructed in Bible, Arithmetic, History, Geography, Spelling, English, Health, Reading, and Music. In the 
school year 1904-1905, the enrollment increased to 55 students. The foundation was being laid for a high school in years 
to come. 

In the summer of 1905, a plot of land adjacent to Bethany Church was purchased and a nine room school building 
was erected. This frame structure included a dining room, kitchen, parlor, one bedroom for Rev. and Mrs. Hayswood, 
two classrooms, and three rooms that could be combined to make one large room for a chapel. 

From 1906 to 191 1 the school enrollment increased until there were 1 10 students. 

Several major changes in the school occurred during 1911-1912. Four additional grades were added to provide a 
complete course of study from the first through eleventh grades. New courses were added to the curriculum. They were 
Algebra, English Grammar, English Compostiton, Early European History, Latin, General Science, Civics, English 
Classis, and Orthography. As a result, the enrollment increased to one hundred and forty-five students. 

During the year 1912, Rev. John H. Hayswood was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by his alma 
mater, Lincoln University, West Chester County, Pennsylvania. Rev. Hayswood received the degree because of his 
diligent work as principal of the school and pastor of three churches. 


As a result of this achievement, the women of Redstone Presbyterial in the Synod of the Trinity located in 
Pennsylvania became interested in the Bethany School and took over its sponsorship. These missionary women 
supported the school financially, and in their honor, the name of the school was changed to Redstone Academy. 

In 1912, Redstone held its first high school graduation. The first class consisted of two young men who were able 
to enter the freshman class at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. One of the graduates was 
Arthur J. Blackwood, who later became a practicing physician in Ohio. 

Accomodations for boarding students were begun in 1912. These students were from other towns in Robeson County 
and Southeastern North Carolina. The enrollment increased yearly. 

In 1914 the student body increased to two hundred twenty members. Tragedy struck that year when two of 
Redstone Academy's main buildings were destroyed by fire. With the help of the citizens of Lumberton and friends 
of the Northern States, the buildings were rebuiU. 

In 1924-1925 athletic teams were organized for interscholastic competition. An industrial arts department was 
added in 1927. In 1928 a home economics department was added to enrich the school's program for girls. 

In 1926 Redstone Academy was accredited as a standard high school by the State of North CaroUna. 

The year of 1929 saw the school enrollment increase to three hundred sixty-eight with fourteen teachers. In 1930 
the enrollment had grown to three hundred ninety-one. The campus had expanded from three to eight buildings. 
The school curriculum offered a well-rounded general education for girls and boys taught by qualified teachers, some 
of whom were former Redstone students. 

Some of the local teachers who taught at Redstone Academy were: Marie S. Bryan, Atalanta B. Lewis, Douglas 
Lewis, Maggie L. McLeod, Jennie Allen, Julius Bryan, Ella R. Gavin, W.J. Hooper, M.L. Morrisey, Mattie J. 
Hayswood, and Johnnie Lewis Ruffin. 

The year of 1931 was a tragic one for the Redstone Academy student body. Mrs. Mattie Johnson Hayswood, 
wife of Dr. Hayswood, died. Mrs. Hayswood had worked beside her husband since the school's beginning. 

Redstone Academy was closed in 1933 and merged with Mary Potter- Albion Academy of Oxford, NC. Dr. 
Hayswood was given custody of the Redstone Academy property for a public high school. He was then employed as 
principal of the state-supported-school - Redstone High School - and his faculty continued to be strong in the religious 

In September, 1933, Dr. Hayswood married Ms. Ethel Thompson, a supervisor of Negro Schools in Robeson 
County. She also was a strong influence in support of Redstone ideals and taught part time at Redstone High School. 

Dr. Hayswood served until his retirement in 1949. At that time the city honored him for his valuable service to the 
community. A new school was built and named J.H. Hayswood High School in his honor. 

During the years of Redstone's existence it was the only accredited high school in Lumberton for Negro students to 
attend. Children of all denominations attended Redstone. This meant that Dr. Hayswood and his faculty had a 
significant influence on all the children within the community. 

Although the original school was closed, the influence of Redstone Academy continued to spread through its former 
teachers and graduates. So strong has been the love and appreciation of the training received under the leadership of 
the late Dr. John H. Hayswood that in 1979 former graduates of the school formed the Redstone - Hayswood Alumni 
Association. This group was organized to preserve the history of the schools, provide scholarships for deserving 
students, and to keep alive those moral Christian values that were taught by Dr. J.H. Hayswood. 


The Wake Forest Normal and Industrial School 
Wake Forest, North Carolina 

Mr. Allen L. Young of Wake Forest, North Carolina, after having attended school at Henderson Institute, Kittrell 
College, and Shaw University, felt keenly the need of establishing a school for the training of Negroes in the northern 
part of Wake County, North Carolina. Mr. Young pleaded with the President of Wake Forest College and some other 
leading white citizens to help him in getting a school started. Several agreed to help in this venture. 

This school was founded in the year of 1905 by Allen L. Young in a corner of an old bed spring factory located on 
White Street in the town of Wake Forest, North Carolina. Dr. Louis Poteat, President of Wake Forest College, was 
instrumental in helping to get this school started. Dr. Poteat secured this factory site for Mr. Allen Young. 

Friends of education, mostly people associated with Wake Forest College, made liberal donations for the support of 
the school. Realizing that the limited financial resources would not be enough to execute the projected school plan, 
Mr. Young was advised to appeal to the Freedman's Board and to the Board of National Missions for the Presbyterian 
Church to help in this effort. These boards responded to his appeal and granted help. 

Dr. John Gaston, an executive officer of the Board of National Missions, met with Mr. Young and other interested 
citizens in the town of Wake Forest, North Carolina. In this meeting, plans were formulated for the school. The end 
result of this visit and consultation was the establishment of the Spring Street Presbyterian Church and Mission School 
on Spring Street in Wake Forest, North Carolina. 

Allen L. Young was made principal. The trustees were: (1) Charlie Pulley, (2) Johnny Johnson, and (3) Willis Johnson. 

The establishment of this school (grades 1-7) did not meet the needs of the times. The "cry" was "We need a 
high school in this area". This "cry" was heard near and far. Allen Young purchased land adjacent to the mission 
school and church. On this land purchased adjacent to the school and church began the extension of the Mission 
School. The two together were named THE WAKE FOREST NORMAL and INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL for grades 1-11. 

The curriculum grew as the school's plant grew. Besides the staple "Three R's", courses in Latin, Civil Government, 
Music, Bible, Sewing and Homemaking, and Manual Training were offered. Sewing and Homemaking was a 
requirement for girls and Manual Training (with shopwork) was a requirement for the boys. In Bible, all students were 
required to know the shorter Catechism. 

The above curriculum was in keeping with the avowed school's purpose - PREPARING the STUDENT for LIVING. 

The dream of making this school a normal school never came to pass. The Board of National Missions discontinued 
its help in the nineteen hundred and twenties. The school finally closed its doors in the late forties. 


Jubilee Hospital 
Henderson, N.C. 

In 1914 the Jubilee Hospital was erected by the United Presbyterian Women's Board at its solicitation, with a 
capacity of fifteen beds to meet the desperate need of the colored population of Vance County and adjacent counties for 
hospital facilities, and was later enlarged to 35 bed capacity by the addition of two wings. 

Jubilee Hospital which since 1914 had provided the only hospital facility within a radius of forty miles to which 
Negro patients were admitted or in which Negro physicians were permitted to practice (prior to the founding of the 
Granville County Shaw Memorial Hospital in Oxford) was being relocated in a modern and one of the best equipped 
hospital facilities of its size in the country, at a cost of $450,000.00. This new hospital was completed in 1959, and served 
Black people until Civil Rights Laws required integration of hospital facilities. At this time the Jubilee Hospital was 
closed and the patients moved to the formerly all white Maria Parham Hospital. 

In 1981 the City of Henderson purchased the Jubilee Hospital for a very modest sum to be used as city offices 
and meeting rooms. 

Many of the black nurses and other hospital workers were displaced with the closing of the hospital. 


Presbyterian Colleges Within the Area 
Where Many of Us Attended 

Barber - Scotia College 
Concord, North Carolina 

Barber-Scotia, in Concord, North Carolina is a four-year liberal arts, co-educational institution that is accredited 
by the North Carolina Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Its teacher 
education programs are approved by the State with the highest rating attainable. Barber-Scotia is a member of the 
United Negro College Fund and is historically related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 

Barber-Scotia College began in 1867, as Scotia Seminary, a preparatory school for young Negro women. For more 
than a generation, Scotia (as it was called) adhered to this program. Sensitivity to the demands of Society and 
responsiveness to the needs of students brought significant changes in programs and policies: 

1916 - Expansion of program and change of name to Scotia Women's College 

1930 - Merger with Barber Memorial College, Anniston, Alabama 

1932 - Adoption of name Barber-Scotia College 

1934 - Class "A" junior college status 

1943 - Senior college status 

1945 - First baccalaureate degrees conferred 

1954 - Amendment of Charter on April 2nd to admit students without regard to race or sex 
1958 - Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 

1971 - Adoption of New Doorways to Higher Education, an intensive academic life-style built on an entry level 
program and professional development centers. 

Approximately 400 students are enrolled at Barber-Scotia pursuing baccalaureate degrees through four professional 
centers: The Center for Health Professions, The Center for Political and Social Development, and the Center for 
Economic Development. About a third of the students are planning to become teachers of Early Childhood or 
Intermediate Education, and of Biology, Business, and Social Science. The other students are majoring in Biology, 
Chemistry, Medical Technology, Sociology, Sociology-Welfare, and Business Administration. These majors offer 
opportunities for students to move into new careers and to assume new levels of leadership. 

The students at Barber-Scotia College, although representing the District of Columbia and sixteen states from 
Mississippi to Maine, come primarily from the Carolinas. The majority of their families are unable to provide either the 
amount or the quality of enriching experiences considered minimal in American Society. Of the students enrolled in 
the 1970's, about 75 percent of their families earned less than $7,500.00 a year. Seventy-five percent of the students 
received financial assistance averaging approximately $1,400.00 for the year. Yet, despite the handicaps of birth, 
the students, like students elsewhere, come with high ambitions and the essential drive to succeed. And they do succeed! 

The campus is beautiful. It comprises thirty-six acres. The twenty-four buildings are a pleasing blend of architectural 
patterns from traditional structures with arched windows and cupola topped roofs to contemporary buildings with 
built-in furnishings and flat-top roofs. The Health and Physical Education Building (with an Olympic-size swimming 
pool and dance studio), the air-conditioned dormitories for men and women, and the College Union have been erected 
since 1968. The former dining hall was renovated in 1973 and is now the Library-Learning Resource Center, 

Johnson C. Smith University 
Charlotte, North Carolina 

Johnson C. Smith is a Christian institution whose purpose is to offer the students who come to it the best intellectual 
opportunities that can be afforded. It values its spiritual emphasis, and seeks to prepare students for effective 
leadership, to develop the moral character and religious life of the students, to stimulate an intellectual desire for truth 


and the highest degree of efficiency in the profession chosen as their life's work, to prepare them as teachers, to give a 
background for medicine, law and other specialized vocations. 

In 1867 Reverend S.C. Alexander and Reverend W.G. Miller devised plans to establish such an institution. On 
April 7, 1867, Catawba Presbytery was instrumental in seeing that the school was formally inaugurated, and Reverend 
Messers. S.C. Alexander and W.G. Miller were elected teachers. 

No institution has had more significant influence on Christian education in the Southland than Johnson C. Smith 

Mrs. Mary D. Biddle, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, saw an appeal from the Freedmen Committee and responded with 
$1 .000.00 in honor of her husband who was killed in the war between the states in 1 862. 

Later she made three other sizable contributions. In 1877 the name of the school became Biddle University. 

In 1921 and 1922, through the generosity of Mrs. Jane Berry Smith of Pittsburgh, the university experienced 
spectacular growth. Her donations built the theological dormitory, science hall, teacher's cottage, and memorial 
gate. A major endowment in 1923 caused the name to be changed to Johnson C. Smith University. 

Johnson C. Smith University now covers 97 acres of tree-lined grounds in shadows of downtown Charlotte's 
striking skyline. 


Cape Fear Presbytery's Youth Ministry 

The youth of Cape Fear Presbytery have been involved in a program of on-going work for Christian growth and 
leadership development. For many years youth groups from all churches within the Presbytery have met, planned 
meetings, and discussed issues important to them. Some of their activities are as follows: 

1 . Youth rallies are held on a rotation basis in churches during March and November each year. 

2. Representatives have been sent to Synod and General Assembly. 

3. Many youth attend regional camps and conferences. 

4. Delegates have attended the Youth Triennium in Iowa and Indiana. 

From these experiences the youth grow spiritually and learn about the polity of the Presbyterian Church. 

Present officers of the Presbyterian Youth Ministry are: Jeffrey Holmes, Moderator; Andrea Alston, Vice 
Moderator; Connie Johnson, Secretary; and Kimberly Thorpe, Treasurer. Youth Advisor for Cape Fear is Rev. 
Robert Johnson, Ebenezer Church, New Bern, North Carolina. Ms. Yvonne Hodges, Hope Mills, North Carolina, is 
one of the advisors for Youth in the Synod of the Piedmont. 

Past advisors for the Cape Fear Ministry were: Mrs. Eunice Joyner and Mrs. Eunice Jones, Raleigh, North Carolina. 


United Presbyterian Women's Association 
of Cape Fear Presbyterial 

The Cape Fear Presbyterial Women's Association has a history of dedication to Christ's mission. Having been 
organized since 191 1, first as a missionary society, and then as a presbyterial association, it has supported the church in 
second-mile giving. This is giving which extends beyond the regular church pledge. Women of Cape Fear have led 
their churches in knowledge about mission and helped everyone to reach out in love, mercy, and justice to help people 
locally and around the world. 

All thirty churches have a local United Presbyterian Women's Organization, whereby they contribute to the 
Women's Opportunity Giving Fund, the Least Coin, the Thank Offering, the Summer Medical Offering and the 
Honorary Membership Fund. All these funds are sent to the Cape Fear Presbyterial treasurer, tabulated, and sent to 
Marilyn M. Clark, treasurer, the Program Agency in New York City. 

Down through the years the women of Cape Fear have attended Presbytery and Presbyterial meetings. Synod 
School, Synodical and Synod meetings, the National Meeting at Purdue, and many have attended General Assembly 
as commissioners and as working committee members. Recently, one of our members was selected Synodical president. 
At present, we have a member on the National Executive Committee and on the Council on Women and the Church. 
This enables the women of Cape Fear to share first-hand knowledge of activities in the national Presbyterian Church. 

The women of Cape Fear have enjoyed some glorious experiences with the Sister Presbyterial Progrjim. In May 
1980, thirty-seven women from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania came to visit the women of Cape Fear for three days as 
Presbyterial Sisters. The Cape Fear Retreat was held at Rocky Mount, North Carolina with Mount Pisgah as the 
host church. All Cape Fear sisters were hostesses. They expanded their faith by sharing their diversity. The event was 
written up in the Concern /Newsf old Magazine. They received national recognition! Many expressions of congrat- 
ulations and thanks were received by the officers and members of Cape Fear and Pittsburgh Presbyterials. This was an 
unforgettable experience. 

In 1981 thirty-three Sisters from Cape Fear Presbyterial visited the Pittsburgh Sisters in their homes and churches. 
"Both groups shared faith, love, cultural differences, and mutual ministries." As long as one of the Sisters is alive this 
event will live as a very special time in the lives of both groups. 

Continuing to enjoy the Sister Program in 1982, the women of Cape Fear visited their Newark, New Jersey Sisters. 
In 1983, the Newark Sisters came to visit their Cape Fear sisters. The Retreat was held at Haymount Presbyterian 
church, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Many ideas were shared by both groups. 

Having been trained for leadership roles in Synodical and Synod School, Cape Fear women have assumed their 
roles in Presbyterial. The following persons have served as president of Cape Fear Presbyterial: 

Mrs. Owena H. Davis 

Timothy Darling 

Oxford, North Carolina 

Mrs. Ethel G. Young 

Davie Street 

Raleigh, North CaroHna 

Mrs. Queen E. Hawkins 

Mt. Pleasant 

Franklinton, North Carolina 

Mrs. Maude A. McFadden 

St. Paul 

Louisburg, North Carolina 

Mrs. Ethel T. Hayswood 


Lumberton, North Carolina 

Mrs. Willie Smith 


Wilson, North Carolina 

Mrs. Alethia A. Dungee 

Cotton Memorial 

Henderson, North Carolina 

Mrs. Gladys Baskerville 

Chestnut Street 

WUmington, North Carolina 

Mrs. Juanita Barnette 

Mount Pisgah 

Rocky Mount, North Carolina 

Mrs. Gertrude Evans 

Chestnut Street 

Wilmington, North Carolina 

Mrs. Atalanta B. Lewis 


Lumberton, North Carolina 

Mrs. Florence L. Wilson 

Timothy Darling 

Oxford, North Carolina 

Mrs. Susie Y. Hawkins 

St. Paul 

Louisburg, North Carolina 

Mrs. Lethia Y. Daniels 

Davis Street 

Raleigh, North Carolina 

Mrs. Ruth R. Brewer 

Mount Pisgah 

Rocky Mount, North Carolina 

Mrs. Eliza Dudley 


New Bern, North Carolina 

Mrs. Laura Kearns 

Davis Street 

Raleigh, North Carolina 


Mrs. M. Yvonne Hodges 
Mrs. Elizabeth S. Kemp 
Mrs. Eredena H. Young 
Mrs. Henrietta H. Clark 

Cotton Memorial 

Mars Hill 

Hope Mills, North Carolina 
Lumberton, North Carolina 
Lumberton, North Carolina 
Henderson, North Carolina 

History of 

The Cape Fear Council of Presbyterian Men 

The Cape Fear Council of Presbyterian Men was organized during the late 1950's. Prior to its organization, the local 
men's councils functioned in the individual churches in conjunction with the Synod of Catawba's Council of 
Presbyterian Men. 

Feeling the need of closer unity, the men in the churches of Cape Fear Presbytery with the help of the presbytery 
set in motion the organization of the Cape Fear Council of Presbyterian men. The Council meets four times a year: 
January, April, July, and October. All churches within the presbytery host the meeting on a rotation schedule. The 
Council's main objective is to promote the work of the church by attempting to get more men and boys involved in 
the total mission of the church. 

Some projects that the Council has sponsored are: 

1 . Financial aid to Barber-Scotia College 

2. Financial aid to Boggs Academy 

3. Promoting and giving financial aid to young people who desire to attend colleges or graduate schools in the 
area of Christian Education. 


George H. Young 

Officers and Committee Chairpersons 
of Cape Fear Presbytery 


Rev. Harry Miller 
Mrs. Ruth Brewer 

Stated Clerk 
. Moderator 

Dr. Gershon Fiawoo . 
Rev. Arnold Walker . 
Mrs. Roberta Howell 
Mr. Roy Bass 

. Vice-Moderator 
Permanent Clerk 
Temporary Clerk 



Mr. Aubrey Jones 

Rev. Antonio Lawrence 
Rev. Arnold Walker . . . 

Mr. J.E. Wilson 

Mr. George Young .... 
Rev. Eddie Deas, III . . . 
Rev. Arnold Walker, Jr. 
Mrs. Elizabeth Kemp . . 

Mr. E.M. Barnes 

Rev. Arnold Walker, Jr. 
Rev. Robert Johnson . . . 
Mrs. Ruth Brewer 

. Mission Division 
. . General Council 
. Support Division 
Persormel Division 

Trustee Board 

Committee On Ministry 

Nominating Committee 

Committee on Women and The Church 

Committee on Boundaries 

Committee on Representation 

Youth Adviser 

Committee on Candidates 


Centennial Committee 
Organizational Chart 

Chairman: A. Lawrence 

Tres.: H. Miller 

Sec: E. Deas, III 













Centennial Steering Committee 

1. Mrs. Ruth Brewer 
P.O. Box 934 

Rocky Mount, NC 27802-0934 

Mrs. Roberta E. Howell (693-5310) 
P.O. Box 66 
Oxford, NC 27565 


Rev. J.W. Brown 
913 South East Street 
Raleigh, NC 27601 

9. Rev. J. Enoch Kearney (494-2497) 
P.O. Box 221 
Franklinton, NC 27525 

3. Mrs. Gertrude S. Bullock (438-5276) 
Box 825 

Henderson. NC 27536 

10. Mrs. Elizabeth S. Kemp (739-6691) 
736 East 11th Street 
Lumberton, NC 28358 

Rev. Eddie Deas, III (442-7068) 
P.O. Box 1331 

Rocky Mount, NC 27802-1331 

1 1 . Rev. Antonia Lawrence (977-3937) 
P.O. Box 2762 

Rocky Mount, NC 27802-2762 

Mrs. Gertrude L. Evans 
223 South 13th Street 
Wilmington, NC 28401 

12. Rev. Harry J. Miller 
5216 Remington Road 
Fayetteville, NC 28301 

Dr. G.B. Fiawoo 

P.O. Box 184 

Red Springs, NC 28377 

13. Mrs. D.M. Washington 
P.O. Box 729 
Lumberton, NC 28358 

7. Mrs. Susie Y. Hawkins 
927 South Main Street 
Louisburg, NC 27549 

14. Rev. Arnold Walker, Jr. (738-4415) 
723 nth Street 
Lumberton, NC 28358 







Cape Fear Presbytery 


I For 100 Years Of Christian Service 
! May God Continue To Bless You! 

I The Pastor and Members Of 


Haymount Presbyterian Church 
2760 Rosehill Road 
Fayetteville, North Carolina 





President Luther D. Baldwin 

Vice President John Hagan 

Recording Sec J.J. Butler 

Corresponding Sec Willie Daniels 

Treasurer W. B. Wall 


Man Of The Year 
Willie Daniels 
Ted Hooker 
Willie Williams 


w. B. Wall 
Ted Johnson 
Clifford Thomas 

J. J. Butler 

Annual Banquet 
J. C. Ellis 
John Hagan 
Wyatt Johnson 

J. E. Wilson 
J. M. Miller 
D. H. Keck 

George Young 
Willie Daniels 
J. M. Miller 

Algian Butler 
W. A. Hawkins 
W. B. WaU 

John Hagan 
M. G. Townsend 
Calvin Yarborough 






on its 

! Dedicated By 

% United Presbyterian Women's Association 
of Cape Fear Presbytery 

1^ Henrietta H. Clark, President Gertrude Evans, Secretary 

^ Ernestine Wall, Vice President Inez Beaufort, Treasurer 


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on its 


Dedicated By 

United Presbyterian Women's Association 

Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church 

Hazel L. Jones, President 

Gertrude S. Bullock, 1st Vice President 

Alice Smith wick, 2nd Vice President 
Virginia K. Butler, Secretary 

Naomi K. Dixon, Treasurer 
Dr. Vernie L. Bolden, Pastor 




I Mary Potter-Redstone-Albion Academy was one of the convincing returns | 

I from the investments made by many faithful and prayerful members and friends of ^ 

I the Presbyterian Church. | 

I "George C. Shaw looked into the eyes of the future and the future smiled. Hermon | 

I S. Davis (and other principals who follow) saw the smile on Future's face and | 

I courageously endeavored to keep it there. ' ' They made Mary Potter great ! 


I '%est We Forget. . . " 



Dr. Marilyn Tyler Brown, President 



Owr Deepest Love 
and Appreciation 
To Both of You 

Our Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts 



Who are both faithful workers 
in Bethany Presbyterian Church. 

Dedicated By 


Fred and Lee 

Elridge and Cecelia 

Godfrey and Marcia 

Rodney and Cheryl 







Godfrey, Jr. 








of the 


Old Library 


^ We the Graduates and Former Students of Henderson Institute would like to thank the United s 

i Presbyterian Church, USA for the services rendered from 1891 to 1935 in establishing and operating | 

I the only Institution of Education for the Negro Children in Vance County. | 


ffi Mrs. Henrietta Hatton Clark, Retired, Chairperson 

I Mr. Wendell P. Taylor, Retired, President 

I Mrs. Elizabeth B. Wilson, Retired, Secretary 

i Mr. Olander Clark, Retired Treasurer 

I Mr. Arthur L. Williams, Retired 

I Mr. C.V. Knight, Retired 

% Mr. Ranah H. Adams, III, Newsman 

i Mr. Randolph Baskerville, Attomey-at-Law 

Dr. James P. Green, Physician 

I Mr. Ralph C. Glover, Educator 


I Further information 

I Henderson Institute Graduates and Former students, Inc. 

I Post Office Box 2081 

i Henderson, North Carolina 27536 




The Second Presbyterian Church: organized in 1906. 
Trustees were: W. C. Shaw, John Pone and J. H. Gill 

Charter members were: 


Mr. Clifton Shaw Mr. Albert Dimery 

Mrs. Rebecca Shaw Mrs. Margaret Dimery 

Mr. J. H. Gill 

A/r ^i r. ou Mrs. Laura Gill t u 
Mr. Chfton Shaw Mr. John Pone 

Mrs. Rebecca Shaw Mrs. Helen Pone 1 


Pastor: Rev. T. H. Williamson | 


ON 100 YEARS! 

The Pastor, Members and friends 

Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 








' i 

I In Appreciation Of ^ 

^ A Life Well Lived 


1866- 1958 

"He has achieved success, who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the 
respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished 
his task; whether an approved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation 
of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others, and given 
the best he had, whose life was an inspiration and whose memory a benediction." 

Bessie A. Stanley 

Dedicated By 

Dorothy M. Washington 
Harriet L. Washington 
Elizabeth B. Kemp 


In Loving Memory 


"Hers was a career of service to other people and to ideals and principles in which she believed. 
Without seeking acclaim, she earned the confidence and gratitude of people in all walks of life, for 
her devoted efforts to promote the common good." 

The Robesonian 

Dedicated By 


I Dorothy M. Washington 

h Harriet L. Washington 



i 1 

I In Loving Memory Of 1 



! i 

^ / have been young, and now I am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken '^^ 

& nor his seed begging bread. Psalm 37:25. I 

% Our God, Our Help in ages Past, 

Our Hope for years to come. 
Our Shelter from the stormy blast, 
And our eternal Home. 

Before the hills in order stood. 
Or earth received her frame, 
From everlasting Thou art God, 
To endless years the same. 



I 1 

i Dedicated By | 

I Susie Y. Hawkins | 

jj Geral Y. Sargent | 

I Calvin R. Yarborough | 

I Mattie C. Yarborough | 


In Loving Memory Of 


Our Parents, Grandparents and Great Grandparents 








John Milton - "Paradise Lost" 



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In the death of Carver, the Christian, we are led to draw attention to the death of another Negro, 
a United Presbyterian who, like Dr. Carver, once had been owned as a slave but who acheived honor 
and leadership in later Ufe because he was first a Christian. His name was David Brame. An account 
of his death had just been received from Dr. J. A. Cotton who recently resigned from the presidency of 
Knoxville college. 


"Just a few days ago David Brame of Vance county, North Carolina, passed to his reward," 
writes Dr. Cotton. He was bom March, 1855, and hence was about 9 years old when Lee surrendered. 
He remembered much of slavery and except at times did not care to recall those days. His master owned 
100 slaved at the time he became free. At the age of 16 he was hired to a white man for $5.00 a month 
and out of this he paid a school teacher in the community to teach him to read and write. 


I "He was an outstanding man in the county. He held offices in the county before the state consti- A 

g tutional convention disfranchised the Negroes in the state. He was a magistrate, a member of the | 


m school board in his district and, at one time chairman of that board on which were some white men. 
^ He was defeated by only two votes in a primary election for the state legislature. Had he won in the 
primary he would have been elected as the Republicans were in the majority at the time . . . His brother 
bought the first farm purchased by a Negro in the county. The farm of 50 acres was paid for by working 
on the railroad at 50 cents per day; but the price was only $50.00! 

"Brame was a charter member of the United Presbyterian church at Townsville, N.C., and one of 
the first elders for a number of years. He owned a good farm and had a pleasant home. He and his 
wife, Jennie, had walked together for 62 years and reared a family of ten children, all of whom were in 
the church. One son has been working at the Henderson Institute for nearly 20 years. The writer has had 
the honor of spending many nights in his home and knows the family pretty well . . . Rev. St. Paul 
Epps had charge of the funeral." 

Former slaves are growing few in the South, declares Dr. Cotton. Last Christmas, he says, they 
held a meeting in Raleigh, N.C., and only 18 were present. One of them claimed to be over 100 years 
old. It is reported that one of them said at this meeting: "If Boss Robert Lee was living he would shore 
soon do away with such white trash as Hitler. I ain't got no use for him nohow." - R. L. E. 

Source: Volume 101, No. 3, The United Presbyterian, January 18, 1943. 

I In Loving Memory, 


I Mrs. Elizabeth B. Bullock 

I Ms. Grace Brame 

I Fred D. Brame 

I James Brame and 

1 Thirteen Grandchildren 



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In Loving Memory 


Dr. John Riley Dungee, Jr. served as pastor of Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church for 32 years. 
He was ordained to the christian ministry by the Presbytery of Southern Virginia (U.S.A.) in 1926. 

Dr. Dungee served as minister of Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Ridgeway, S.C.; Little River 
Presbyterian Church, Blair, S.C.; St. Matthews Presbyterian Church, White Oak, S.C.; 1926 - 1936. 
From South Carolina he came to Henderson, North Carolina to serve as minister of the Townsville 
United Presbyterian Church of Townsville, N.C., the assistant minister of the United Presbyterian 
Church (UPCNA) of Henderson, and as the instructor of Bible and history at Henderson Institute 
from 1936- 1942. 

In 1942 he was commissioned as Chaplain in the U.S. Army. He returned with the rank of Captain 
in 1946. From 1946 to his retirement in December of 1968 he served as minister of the United Presbyterian 
Church in Henderson, now known as the Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). When the 
United Presbyterian Church (UPCNA) and the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) merged in 1958, 
Dr. Dungee became a faithful member of the Cape Fear Presbytery. 

Dr. Dungee served in various capacities on the Presbytery and Synod levels, and was commissioned 
to the General Assembly eight times. (Including G. A.s of both denominations.) 

His contributions to the civic andd religious life of the community were many. He lived a life that 
exemplified true christian principles. 

He married the former Alethia E. Anderson of Sumter County, South Carolina. 

Dedicated By 



In Memoriam For 1 

1909 - 1978 

Religious, , Leader, 

Political, . * ' Worker, 

and ^^^tf^^^ "TSI^' and 

Civic ^d^^^^^^BkJHIl^ Builder. 

Member of Cape Fear Presbytery 1940 - 1977 

Rev. Robert E. Stitt, the son of a Presbyterian minister, The Rev. William B. Stitt and Mrs. Alice ^ 

Morris Stitt, grew up in the Presbytery of Southern Virginia where his father pastored for forty some % 

years. Robert followed in his father's footsteps and studied at Lincoln University where he received both || 

the Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Divinity Degrees. % 


In 1940 he came to labor in the Cape Fear Presbytery and during the ensuing years served the Fasion i 

Memorial, Trinity, Mt. Pleasant, Spring Street, Williams Chapel, Spout Springs and Lillington First p 

Presbyterian Churches. ^ 

In 1945 he received "leave of absence" from the Presby. to labor with the Home Mission Council of % 

North America to serve as pastor to the West Indies and Migrant Farm Workers in Florida, North h 

Carolina, Tennessee and New Jersey. In this work he experienced many successful and rewarding ^ 

experiences, and caused hundreds to be converted and baptized into the christian faith. ^ 

Two and a half years later he returned to Cape Fear and was appointed to the Lillington Field j| 

Churches, where he was later installed as the first pastor on that field. While there he inspired building i 

programs at Spout Springs, Williams Chapel and at Lillington First Presbyterian Churches as he had done $ 

at Spring Street Church. ^ 


Twice he was elected as Moderator of the Cape Fear Presbytery; served as Chairperson of the j| 

Committee on Ministry; was a member of the Support Division, the General Council; and Commissioner || 

to the General Assembly in Denver, Col. and in New York, N.Y. | 

Rev. Stitt's involvement in the community life was varied and extensive. He was a Boy Scout Leader, \ 

high school P.T.A. President, NAACP Area President, Senior Citizen Volunteer, Correctional Youth | 

Center Volunteer, Prison Yolkfellow Member, Association for Retarded Citizens Volunteer, member ^ 

of the Good Neighbor Council, the Community Development Organization, the Ministerial Relations ji| 

Council and other organizations working for the betterment of mankind. | 

With fond remembrance and deep appreciation for his courageous faith, deep committment and I 

sincere devotion, % 


1 Robert E. Stitt, Jr. Elder Gertrude S. Prophet | 

Elder Gertrude C. Stitt-BuUock Elder Elizabeth S. Smith | 


In Memory 

My Beloved Wife \ 


The passage of time has not dimmed 
the cherished memories of her. 



I In Memory Of 


I Who served for more than 35 years as clerk | 

I of Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church, Rocky | 


I Mount, N.C 


Dedicated By 

Mrs. Geniss Armstrong Toney, Sister 
Dr. W. E. Armstrong, Brother 
Dr. W. T. Armstrong, Brother 


I In Appreciation Of 

I Mrs. Lucy Armstrong Lawrence, Sister | 

I Mr. R. D. Armstrong, Brother | 




i Dedicated By 




In Fond Memory Of 



Carrie Bass 
Roy Bass 
Lillian Harris 
Olivia Hayes- Woods 
Nora I. Hicks 
Willie Shaw Hicks 
Roberta E. Howell 

Atalanta McGhee 
Dianna Montague 
Mary Montague 
Odessa Owens 
Geneva Pointer 
Esther Wilson 
Doris Wright 
Leon Wright 








Rev. H. Wilson, D.D. was pastor of the former Westminister Presbyterian Church, 
Concord, NC, Catawba Presbytery, 1917-1957. 

Elder Helen Wilson Williams 
Elder Pinckney D. Wilson 
Elder James E. Wilson 


A member reared in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Smithfield, N.C. - Graduated from Johnson C. 
Smith University; licensed, ordained, and installed as a Presbyterian Minister by Cape Fear Presbytery 
of North Carolina - Served as pastor of Presbyterian Church, Lackawanna, N.Y., Cherry Hill, 
Baltimore, Md. and Church of the Masters, Atlanta, Ga. and was counselor at the University of 
Wisconsin, Platterville, Wis. - Was married to Ann Frazier of Lenoir, N.C, had 4 daughters - Vickie, 
Valeroa, Veronoca and Vera. 

In Loving Memory 

O God, before whom generations rise and pass away: we. Trinity Presbyterian Church, praise you 
for all your servants who, having lived this life in faith, now live eternally with you. Especially, we 
thank you for the gifts of their lives, for the grace you have given them, for all in them that was good 
and kind and faithful. We thank you that for them death is past, pain is ended, and they have entered the 
joy you have prepared; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

TRINITY - 1947 
Rev. O. C. Harris, Minister (encircled) 


Smithfield, N.C. | 



1927 - 1986 I 



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I Ours Is A Treasured Memory Of 1 

I Our Devoted Parents & Grandparents | 

I Beloved Sisters & Brothers | 

I Aunts & Uncles | 

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I A. S. Bryan and Mrs. Sarah H. Bryan | 

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I Julius E. Bryan Rev. Felix F. Bryan i 

I Casey A. Bryan Mrs. Atalanta B. Lewis | 

I Dr. Jennings A. Bryan Mrs. Lenore B. Freeman | 

I William G. Bryan | 

I Dedicated Servants Of Christ | 

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I "God's Blessings Over The Years" j 

I Olivia B. Birchette i 

% - Celestine B. Jones ^ 

I Douglas R. Lewis 



I OUvia B. Birchette Celestine B. Jones | 



Dedicated to God, The Almighty Creator, 
expressed through His Son, Jesus Christ, 
whose guiding light directed our parents. 




to the service in the missionary work of the church 
and the community throughout their entire lives. 


Geneva Young Kellum 
Garnett Lightner Young 
Catherine Young Brown 
Murial Young Woods 
Lethia Young Daniels 

Evelyn Young Robinson 
Ruth Young Goodwin 
Walter Lawrence Young 
Eunice Young Joyner 
Delorese Young Hill 


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I In Memory Of 1 






First ordained Presbyterian minister (white or black), in the Southern Region; first ordained minister y 

in the Cape Fear area, and first to establish a Presbyterian Church. By permission of the General * 

Assembly, he built a church in his own rural area. Liberty Hill, S.C. ^ 


Great, great grandson of Reuben James, was the first Elder to be commissioned to the General Assembly, 
three times; first Elder of the Second Presbyterian Church in Camden, S.C. where he served more 
than fifty years. 


^ Tillman's son, succeeded him. Another son, 



I of Charleston, S.C. , was Elder of Zion Olivet Presbyterian Church for more than forty years. 


I Presbyterian minister. 

I Dedicated By 

I Mrs. Louise James Worthy, Elder, Chestnut St. Presbyterian Church 

Wilmington, North Carolina 
Daughter of Tillman Daniel James and Mary Gaither 
Great, great granddaughter of Arthur Gaither and 
I Great, great, great granddaughter of Reuben James 

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In Loving Memory Of 
Our Deceased Members 
Of Second Presbyterian Church 

Adams, Mrs. Jacqueline R. 
Ballard, Mrs. Missouri 
Brown, Rev. B. H. 
Brown, Mrs. Mamie T. 
Branch, Rev. M. S. 
Dimery, Mr. Albert 
Dimery, Mrs. Margaret 
Dunham, Mrs. Minnie Bell 
Gill, Mrs. Laura 
Gill, Mr. J. H. (Tobe) 
Graham, Mrs. Maggie M. 
Grimes, Ms. Abbie Lee 
Grimes, Mr. Ander 
Grimes, Mr. Dock 
Grimes, Mr. Handy 
Grimes, Mrs. Sarah 
Grimes, Mr. Wm. Franklin 
Handon, Mr. Montgomery 
Howie, Mr. Richard R. 
Kelly, Mrs. Eleanor 
Kelly, Mr. Fred 
Kelly, Ms. Marie 
Kelly, Mr. William 

Lacewell, Mr. George 
Lacewell, Mrs. Hattie 
Leake, Mr. Samuel B. 
Lesane, Mrs. Archie Lee 
Martin, Mrs. Eliza 
Martin, Mr. Dossie 
Obey, Mrs. Gertrude 
Perkins, Mrs. Sarah K. 
Pone, Mrs. Helen 
Pone, Mr. John 
Robers, Mr. John H. 
Rogers, Mrs. Maude 
Shaw, Mrs. Mattie 
Shaw, Mr. John W. 
Shaw, Mrs. Nellie 
Shaw, Mr. W. C. 
Shaw, Mrs. Rebecca 
Sheridan, Mrs. Mary 
Sheridan, Mr. Thom 
Smith, Mrs. Julia 
Williamson, Rev. T. G. 
Williamson, Mrs. T. G. 


V In Memory 


'Whose Love for Christ compelled her to 
promote the Welfare of Youth" 
In Whose Honor 
The A. B. Lewis Scholarship Fund 
Was founded, May 1975 

"The Founder". 

Dr. Thomas H. McPhatter 

I In Loving Memory Of l 



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I "A faithful, dedicated member of Bethany Presbyterian Church ... a person ^ 

I whose kindness made her a friend and confidant to many . ' ' | 

1 DedicatedBy | 


I Dorothy and Harriet Washington | 


In Memoriam 

October 7, 1907 - November 27, 1984 

At Trinity Presbyterian Church in Smithfield, N.C. he served as ruling elder, trustee, Sunday School 

Superintendent and Young Peoples' councelor. » 

The Cape Fear Presbyterian Church honored him 1983 Man of the Year, and presented him the || 

Lindaman Award for services to the Presbyterian Church. | 

He made his mark in varied and sundry ways and touched the lives of many during his life as a I 

Christian, coach and teacher. % 

His Devoted Wife, 

I Bettina Smith Wilson 

In Loving Memory 
of Our Aunt 


Member, Trustee and Elder of 
Trinity Presbyterian Church 
Smithfield, North Carolina 
1943 - 1984 

Compliments Of 

Doris Bonner Odom 

Donald Bonner 


In Loving Memory Of 


An Educator A Christian Leader 

For when the one great scorer comes, 
To write against your name, 
He writes not that you won or lost, 
But how you played the game. 

Dedicated By 


I In Loving Memory Of I 

1 Our Father & Mother & Brother | 

I Faithful Workers for God in Bethany Presbyterian Church | 


I and I 


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Dedicated By | 

Dr. Darius Sammons | 
John D. Sammons | 
Oakley W. Sammons | 


In Loving Memory Of 

In recognition of my parents, Allen Young and 

I Geneva Trice Young, who labored and served well the i 

I Spring Street Presbyterian Church and the Wake Forest | 

I Community in and around the town of Wake Forest, I 

I North Carolina. May the fruits of their labors continue | 

1 to be a good and wholesome influence for the cause of | 

1 Christ. 1 

Dedicated By 
George H. Young 



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Six generations of worshipers | 

Heirs of | 

Mary Jane Middleton and John Wesley Mac Rae j 
Chestnut St. Presbyterian Church 
Wilmington, North Carolina 



Dedicated to God, Family, Church and Community. She was a faithful worker in all of the church 
organizations including Elder, and President of Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Women, and served as 
church organist for 20 years. She was treasurer of Cape Fear Presbyterial and served as a member 
of the Ministerial Relations Committee of Cape Fear Presbytery. 


Elsie B. Harris 


I In Memory of "The Saints Who From Their Labors Rest" | 

i Willie Christopher (Scotch) Hodges, as Daddy, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher of Adults, 

i Choir Director, Deacon and Elder of Mars Hill Presbyterian Church 1 902 - 1 96 1 . | 

i and ■ 

i Zelma Mae Allen Hodges, as Mother, Sunday School Teacher of Junior and Senior High Students, | 

1 President and Secretary of the local United Presbyterian Women's Organization, and Elder 1904 - 1986. | 

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p. Their gentle faces and patient smiles, their kind and diligent work at home, church, and in the ^ 

1^ community - for the values taught us at home and church as a family will be forever etched in our 

•i/ hearts and will serve as an inspiration for each one of us to continue with perserverence to forever 

I serve our God, humanity, and society. 

I Thank you. Mom and Dad, 


M Gwendolyn Martin Harold Hodges 

p Yvonne Hodges Jean La Hoffman ^ 

8 Allen Hodges Matthew C. Davis " 

m Patricia Waters Foster Son 'H. 

Patricia Waters Foster Son 

Cynthia Garrett Faye Fikes 


In Loving Memory Of My Wife 


My Sons 


My Daughter | 



Dedicated By 1 

JIM HODGES, Husband and Father | 


on its 


From Boy Scout Troop No. 101, & Girl Scout Troops No.s 331 and 314 
Of Henderson, North Carolina 
Representing 51 years of continuous Scouting 
Sponsored by Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church 

Mr. Joseph Brown, Scouting Coordinator Mrs. Elizabeth R. Adams, Cadette Leader 

Mr. Harry Meadows, Boy Scout Leader Ms. M. Mildred Martin, Girl Scout Leader 

Mr. James T. Harris, Explorers Leader Miss E. M. Bullock, Assist. G.S. Leader 

Mr. Charles Hodges, Sr. Cub Scout Leader Mrs. Helen Williams, Assist. Girl Scout Leader 

Mrs. Gertrude Stitt Bullock, Assist. Cadette Leader 


In Memory Of Our Parents 

SAMUEL J. HODGES and wife 

Alice Johnson 
James Hodges 
Ethel Drew 
Mildred Caroll 

Dedicated By 


Bertha Mullens 
Annie Hodges 
Marian Mancini 
Samuel Jasper Hodges 

In Memoriam 

1889- 1970 

I Willard James McLean was a staunch Presbyterian, serving his Church and community in a ^ 

% leadership capacity in many ways throughout his life. He began his career as the first field representative Q 

in Knoxville, Tenn. and later in Huntington, West Va. He conducted Workers' Conferences and training ^ 

|: sessions for Daily Vocation Bible Schools which he helped organize and served in that capacity for M 

I five years. He served as moderator of the Catawba Synod of the United Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. * 

i Later he served as Sunday School Teacher, Trustee, Ruling Elder and Treasurer of Trinity Presbyterian ^ 

I Church, Smithfield, N.C. | 

1 Lovingly submitted, y 

I Fannetta S. McLean i 

I Karen and Willajeanne | 


In Fond Memory Of 


1936- 1956 


Dedicated By 

Carrie Bass 
Roy Bass 
Lillian Harris 

Olivia Hayes- Woods Willie Shaw Hiclcs 
Nora 1. Hicks Roberta E. Howell 

Atalanta McGhee 
Dianna Montague Odessa Owens 
Mary Montague Geneva Pointer 
Esther Wilson 
Doris Wright 
Leon Wright 

1 In Fond Memory Of 


1962- 1969 

Dedicated By 

Carrie Bass 
Roy Bass 
Lillian Harris 
Olivia Hayes- Woods 
» Nora I. Hicks 

I Willie S. Hicks 
% Roberta Howell 

II Atalanta McGhee 

Dianna Montague 
Mary Montague 
Odessa Owens 
Geneva Pointer 
Esther Wilson 
Doris Wright 
Leon Wright 

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Phone: 693-8079 

We have Groceries, Beverages, Oil, Gas and 
Kerosene - (Full and Self-Service) 
Also We Offer Tire Repairs 

Automotive Repair 


In Memory Of 
My Loving Husband 
Sister and 

Ahijah Thompson, Sr. 
Will T. and Mrs. Adline C. McNeill 
Mrs. Sallie M. McNair and 

Rudolph G. McNeill 
Faithful Servants of God in 
Bethany Presbyterian Church 

Dedicated By 

Mrs. Roberta M. Thompson 
and Family 

In Loving Memory 

My Sister and Brother 


Who were Dedicated Servants 

for God in 
Bethany Presbyterian Church 

Best Wishes on the Centennial, 
Mildred Houston Ford 

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In Loving Memory 

Our Father and Mother 


Who were Faithful Workers for Chrst 
In Bethany Presbyterian Church 

Dedicated By 

Thomas J. Gavin, Jr. 
and Family 

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In Memory Of 
My Loving 
Father and Mother 

Sister and Brothers 

Jake B. Powell and Mrs. Mollie Powell 
Mrs. Annie P. Beattie 
Arthur Powell 
Mark Powell and French Powell 

Dedicated By 

Mrs. Mae Powell Bethea 

In Loving Memory Of My Husband 


AND My Devoted Father 

A Faithful Servant for Christ 
In Bethany Presbyterian Church 
Through The Years 

Dedicated By 

Mrs. Margaret R. Gavin 

Julius A. Gavin 

In Loving Memory Of | 
Our Parents and Sister | 
and Brothers | 

Henry A. and Mrs. Anna W. Gavin | 
Ms. Geneva Gavin | 
Horace W. and 
James A. Gavin 
Faithful Servants for God 
In Bethany Presbyterian Church 

Dedicated By 

Madie G. Campbell 
Druelta G. Powell 
Geneva M. Greene 


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In Loving Memory 
My Mother 

A Servant of God 

Bethany Presbyterian Church 

Best Wishes, 
Mrs. Bonnie T. McNeill 

I In fond memory of Felix F. Bryan and | 

1 Laney Bryan Ward for the many years of I 

I dedicated service from their devoted children 1 
and grandchildren. 

''Dedicated Servants of God'' 
In the Presbytery of Cape Fear 

Dedicated By 

Mrs. Felicia B. Johnson 1 
Dr. Jesse A. Bryan 

Mrs. Eurania B. Young 
Mrs. Addie B. Jackson 

Ms. Sara O. Bryan 

In Loving Memory Of 
Our Dear Parents and 

Faithful Servants of the Lord 
In Bethany Presbyterian Church 

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In Loving Memory Of 
Our Sister, Mother and 

A Faithful Servant of God 
In Bethany Presbyterian Church 

Dedicated By 

Shirley and Sara Bryan Ross 
The Children 

Dedicated By 

Mrs, Christine M. Frances 
Frankie R. White 
Charles E. Greenlee 



In Loving Memory 

Our Devoted Grandfather 


Who was a faithful Servant of God in 
Bethany Presbyterian Church. 



I In Loving Memory Of | 
My Husband 


A devoted husband and member of 
Bethany Presbyterian Church, 
whose musical talent thrilled hundreds 
of people through the years. 

Dedicated By 

Victor, Margaret Denise, and 
Roslyn Ann Gavin 

Dedicated By 


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214-D Bickett Boulevard 1 
Louisburg, N.C. 


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In Loving Memory 


A faithful, caring, sharing, loving 

Charter member of Trinity Presbyterian 
Church, Smithfield, N.C. 

Your Daughter, 
Bettina Smith Wilson 




In Memoriam Of | 



A charter member, ruling elder, 
I commissioner, trustee, Sunday School 
I Superintendent and teacher. 


Dedicated By 

Wife - Mrs. Viola J. Obey 
Sons - Booker, James, Jr. and Harry 
Grandchildren - Vicky, Valane, 
Veronica, Vera, Bruce and Darryl 

In Loving Memory 

My Husband and Son 



Who were loyal Servants for God 
In Bethany Presbyterian Church 

Best Wishes Cape Fear Centennial, ^ 
Mrs. Cathedral B. McCall i 










In Loving Memory | 


Charter Members of 
Trinity Presbyterian Church 
Smithfield, N.C. 

Dedicated By 

Laurichard S. Rainey 
Gwendolyn S. Hart 
Gaffney, S.C. 


In Loving Memory 

John H. Rogers 
Jacqueline Yvonne Rogers Adams 

Dedicated By 


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Shepard Funeral Home 

324 Henderson Street 
Oxford, N.C. 27565 



Someone you know 
Has written a book 

Reaching for A Star 
Through Poetical Imagery 


133 Hillsboro Street 
Oxford, N.C. 27565 


Author, Dr. Dorothy K. Hunt 
Elder, Cotton Memorial Presbyterian 
Church, U.S.A., Henderson, N.C. | 



Dedicated By 

Mary Gladden Carter, Organist 
Davie St. Presbyterian Church 

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In Loving Memory 

My Aunt 


An Ardent Worker for 

In Bethany Presbyterian 

Dedicated By 





In Memory Of | 


and 1 

Dedicated By 

Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt Johnson 
and Family 




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Cape Fear Presbytery 
on its 
100th Anniversary 

In Memory 

Anderson and Harriet Terry Cross 

Dedicated By 

Lucy R. Cross Jones, Daughter 

Marie Jones Wade, Granddaughter 




Raleigh, NC 27604 • (919) 872-5370 


May the grace of God 

go with You 
into your Next Century 



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Best Wishes 


during the centennial of 

Cape Fear Presbytery 

Your Children, 


In remembrance of our parents, Reverend 
Turner G. Williamson and Mrs. Anna Bella 
Williamson. They instilled in us at an early 
age Christian values; and by the example they 
set a love for our fellowman. They also 
instilled in us a love of knowledge; and an 
appreciation of the arts and liturature. We, 
the family, have passed those values to the 
second and third generations of the Williamson 
heirs. We are thankful for our heritage; and 
revere our parents for the values instilled in us. 

Mr. Samuel Williamson, Mr. Charles 
Williamson, Mrs. Tabitha Froneberger, 
Mrs. Sarah Bryant and Mrs. Margret 

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In Loving Memory 1 

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Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel Lawrence | 
Julian S. Lawrence I 


Mary L. Marshall i 

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Dedicated By 

Ruth Lawrence Woodson 

Regional Representative 

In Loving Memory | 

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6600 York Road, Suite 205-A 
Baltimore, Maryland 21212 

Your Devoted Sisters, 
Mrs. Ruby M. Sanders 
Miss Margaret Ennis 
Mrs. Julia A. Horton 


Congratulations To 

On Its 


Dedicated By 

Haymount Presbyterian Church 
Spout Springs Presbyterian Church 






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Alex Brown 
Annie Hodges 
James Currie 
Earnestine Wall 
Deanna Hodges 
Ward B. Wall 
James Smith 

Jim Hodges 
Robbie Hale 
Yvonne Hodges 
Maggie King 
Vernon Wall 





Anna Smith 
Warren Williams 
David McCoy 
Olivia McCoy 
Lessie Smith 
Mattie Patterson 
Judy Hodges 


Janice Williams Hodges 
Chester ChaA'is 
Peter McEachin 
Dennis Smith 
Samuel Martin 
Lossie Chavis 

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I Congratulations | 

I And I 

1 Best Wishes i 


God is Spirit and they that worship 
Him must worship Him in Spirit and 

Rev. and Mrs. James A. Christian 

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Ward B. Wall, Sr. 
Earnestine G. Wall 
Vernon A. Wall 
Ward B. Wall, Jr. 
Tineta L. WaU 
Delia P. Wall Ingram 


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In Loving Memory Of | 


Dr. Charles M. Alston 

Dr. Moses Alston 

Mr. Robert Alston 

Mrs. Patsie Alston 

Mrs. Sarah J. Alston 

Mrs. Lallie Wiggins Davis 

Mrs. Dorothy Hall 

Mr. Archie Johnson 

Mrs. Annie P. Johnson 

Miss Cora Mae Johnson 

Mr. John Johnson 

Mr. Willie Johnson 

Mr. Richard Fowler 

Mrs. Lucy Mae Massenburg 

Mr. Nathaniel Mitchell 

Mr. Johnny Perry 
Mr. Ernest Purefoy 
Mr. Charlie Pulley 
Mrs. Rosa Taylor 
Mr. Luther Tuck 
Mrs. Willie Woods 
Mr. James W. Winston 
Mr. Arthur Young 
Mr. Allen L. Young 
Mrs. Geneva Young 
Mrs. Louzanian Young 
Mr. Lewis Young 
Miss Maude Young 
Mr. J. T. Young 
Mr. Thomas Young 

Dedicated By 

In Loving Memory 

Our Mother 

Mrs. Charity McQueen Murphy 
Who was a Faithful Member of the 
Dothan and Bethany 
Presbyterian Churches 

Dedicated By 

Mrs. Evelyn Bethea 
and Family 

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Cape Fear Presbytery 

Its 100th Anniversary 

We sing praises unto 
the Lord for our 
glorious heritage. 


In Loving Memory 

Mrs. Armita Whiteman Watkins 
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Whiteman, Jr. 
Mr. John H. Whiteman, III 
Mr. Eugene L. Whiteman 


The Rev. and Mrs. B.H. Baskervill 


Dedicated By 

Mrs. Addie Whiteman King 
Mrs. Gladys Whiteman Baskervill 

In Memory Of 
Our Aunt 
and Uncle 


Both were Faithful Members 
of Bethany Presbyterian Church 

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Dedicated By 

Mrs. Maggie S. Richardson 

Mrs. Annie L. Houston 

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In Loving Memory Of 1 

Our Devoted Mother I 

Son and Aunt | 




Dedicated Servants for Christ 1 

In Bethany Presbyterian Church | 


'Best Wishes to The Centennial", 
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Powers 
and the Children 





Elder Willis E. Hare, President i 


Mr. J. J. Butler, Secretary | 
Elder Eugene Dixon, Treasurer | 
IS Dr. Vernie L. Bolden, Pastor 1 

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i In Loving Memory Of | 

I Our Mother | 

\ Mrs. Maggie H. McQueen | 

1 Our Sister | 

I Mrs. Esther McQueen Lesane | 

I and Uncle | 

\ Mr. Henry McLean | 

Dedicated By 

Ms. Grace McQueen 
Dr. Emmett J. McQueen 
Ms. Frances E. McQueen 
Earl E. McQueen 
Mrs, Katie McQueen Cranberry 


In Loving Memory 

My Mother and 


Loyal Workers for God Many Years 
In Bethany Presbyterian Church 

Dedicated By 


In Loving Memory 1 
OfOur I 
Family Members 

HAZEL S. SMITH - Daughter 
and Mother 

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Garfield M., Eddie R. and 
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